Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.

Patents

  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS7909851 B2
Publication typeGrant
Application numberUS 12/014,399
Publication date22 Mar 2011
Priority date3 Feb 2006
Fee statusPaid
Also published asUS8292921, US20080140093, US20110160768, US20130046341
Publication number014399, 12014399, US 7909851 B2, US 7909851B2, US-B2-7909851, US7909851 B2, US7909851B2
InventorsKevin T. Stone, Ryan A. Kaiser, Nathan M. Sautter, Andrew Holst
Original AssigneeBiomet Sports Medicine, Llc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Soft tissue repair device and associated methods
US 7909851 B2
Abstract
A soft tissue repair device. The device includes an inserter having a distal portion, a first anchor carried externally onto the distal portion, a second anchor carried externally onto the distal portion, and a flexible strand coupling the first and second anchors and forming an adjustable knotless loop.
Images(21)
Previous page
Next page
Claims(22)
1. A soft tissue repair device comprising:
an inserter having a distal portion;
a first flexible sleeve anchor preloaded and carried externally on the distal portion, wherein the first flexible sleeve having first and second ends, and wherein the distal portion of the inserter pierces through the first flexible sleeve anchor between the first and second ends;
a second flexible sleeve anchor preloaded and carried externally on the distal portion behind the first flexible sleeve anchor, wherein the second flexible sleeve anchor having first and second ends, and wherein the distal portion of the inserter pierces through the second flexible sleeve anchor between the first and second ends; and
a flexible strand coupling the first and second flexible sleeve anchors and forming an adjustable knotless loop.
2. The device of claim 1, wherein the flexible strand passes through first and second openings of each of the first and second flexible sleeves anchors defining anchoring leg portions between the first and second openings and the corresponding first and second ends of each of the first and second flexible sleeves.
3. The device of claim 1, further comprising an anchor deploying member coupled to the inserter and operable to deploy of the first and second flexible sleeve anchors the inserter.
4. The device of claim 1, wherein the flexible strand is braided and includes first and second ends and a longitudinal passage.
5. The device of claim 4, wherein the first end of the flexible strand is inserted through a portion of the longitudinal passage for forming the adjustable knotless loop.
6. A soft tissue repair device comprising:
an inserter having a distal portion and defining an open longitudinal channel;
a first deformable anchor having first and second ends, wherein the first deformable anchor is pierced through between the first and second ends by the distal portion and carried externally on the distal portion in a bent U-shape and outside the longitudinal channel;
a second deformable anchor having first and second ends, wherein the second deformable anchor is carried externally on the distal portion in a bent U-shape and outside the longitudinal channel;
a deploying member movable axially within the longitudinal channel for deploying the first and second deformable anchors sequentially; and
a flexible strand coupling the first and second deformable anchors and forming an adjustable knotless loop.
7. The device of claim 6, wherein the flexible strand is braided and includes first and second ends and a longitudinal passage between the first and second ends of the flexible strand.
8. The device of claim 7, wherein the first end of the flexible strand is inserted through a portion of the longitudinal passage of the flexible strand for forming the adjustable knotless loop.
9. The device of claim 6, wherein the flexible strand passes through a portion of an internal passage of each of the first and second deformable anchors.
10. The device of claim 6, wherein the flexible strand passes through first and second openings of each of the first and second deformable anchors defining anchoring leg portions between the first and second openings and the corresponding first and second ends of each of the first and second deformable anchors.
11. The soft tissue repair device of claim 6, further comprising a tubular depth limiting device and an adjustment actuator for moving the inserter relative to the depth limiting device.
12. A soft tissue repair device comprising:
an inserter having a distal portion with a sharp edge and defining an open longitudinal channel;
a first deformable anchor having first and second ends, wherein the first deformable anchor is pierced through between the first and second ends by the distal portion of the inserter and carried externally on the distal portion of the inserter;
a second deformable anchor having first and second ends, wherein the second deformable anchor is pierced through between the first and second ends by the distal portion of the inserter and carried externally on the distal portion of the inserter behind the first deformable anchor;
a deploying member movable axially within the longitudinal channel for deploying the first and second deformable anchors sequentially; and
a flexible strand coupling the first and second deformable anchors and forming an adjustable knotless loop, the flexible strand including first and second ends and a longitudinal passage between the first and second ends, wherein the first end of the flexible strand is inserted through a portion of the longitudinal passage of the flexible strand for forming the adjustable knotless loop.
13. The soft tissue repair device of claim 12, wherein the deploying member includes an elastically deformable projection positioned between the first and second deformable anchors before the deployment of the first deformable anchor.
14. The soft tissue repair device of claim 13, wherein the inserter is coupled to a handle, the handle including a slider operable for moving axially the deploying member.
15. The soft tissue repair device of claim 13, wherein the elastically deformable projection is compressed inward and passes through the second deformable anchor when the deploying member is retracted.
16. The soft tissue repair device of claim 12, further comprising a tubular depth limiting device and an adjustment actuator for moving the inserter relative to the depth limiting device.
17. A soft tissue repair device comprising:
an inserter having a distal portion with a sharp edge and defining an open longitudinal channel;
a first flexible anchoring sleeve having first and second open ends and internal passage between the first and open second ends, the first flexible anchoring sleeve pierced through by the sharp edge between the first and second open ends and carried externally on the distal portion in a bent U-shape; a flexible strand passing through a portion of the internal passage of the first flexible anchoring sleeve; and
a deploying member movable axially within the longitudinal channel for deploying the first flexible anchoring sleeve out of the inserter.
18. The soft tissue repair device of claim 17, further comprising:
a second flexible anchor sleeve having first and second ends and internal passage between the first and second ends, the second flexible anchoring sleeve pierced through by the sharp edge between the first and second ends and carried externally onto the distal portion in a bent U-shape behind the first flexible anchoring sleeve; and
the flexible strand coupling the first and second flexible anchoring sleeves and forming an adjustable knotless loop, the flexible strand including first and second ends and a longitudinal passage between the first and second ends, wherein the first end of the flexible strand is inserted through a portion of the longitudinal passage of the flexible strand for forming the adjustable knotless loop.
19. The soft tissue repair device of claim 18, wherein the deploying member includes an elastically deformable projection positioned behind and against the first anchoring sleeve before the deployment of the first anchoring sleeve.
20. The soft tissue repair device of claim 19, wherein the inserter is coupled to a handle, the handle including a slider operable for axially moving the deploying member.
21. The soft tissue repair device of claim 19, wherein the elastically deformable projection is compressed inward and passes through the second anchoring sleeve when the deploying member is retracted.
22. The soft tissue repair device of claim 17, further comprising a tubular depth limiting device and an adjustment actuator for moving the inserter relative to the depth limiting device.
Description
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/347,661, now U.S. Pat. No. 7,749,250, filed on Feb. 3, 2006. This application is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/935,681 filed on Nov. 6, 2007. This application is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/869,440 filed on Oct. 9, 2007, which is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/408,282, filed on Apr. 20, 2006, now abandoned. This application is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/541,506, now U.S. Pat. No. 7,601,165, filed on Sep. 29, 2006. This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/885,062, filed on Jan. 16, 2007, and of U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/885,057, filed on Jan. 16, 2007. The disclosures of the above applications are incorporated herein by reference.

INTRODUCTION

Tears caused by trauma or disease in soft tissue, such as cartilage, ligament, or muscle, can be repaired by suturing. Various repair devices have been developed for facilitating suturing and are effective for their intended purposes. Nevertheless, tissue repair devices for facilitating suturing are still desirable.

SUMMARY

The present teachings provide a soft tissue repair device. The device can include an inserter having a distal portion, first and second anchors carried externally onto the distal portion, and a flexible strand coupling the first and second anchors and forming an adjustable knotless loop.

In one aspect, each of the first and second anchors is a flexible sleeve having first and second ends and an internal passage between the first and second ends. In another aspect, each of the first and second anchors is substantially rigid having first and second ends and an internal passage between the first and second ends.

The present teachings also provide a method for repairing a tear in a meniscus during arthroscopic knee procedure. The method includes coupling first and second anchors with a flexible strand, forming an adjustable knotless loop with the flexible strand, and loading the first and second anchors coupled with the adjustable knotless loop on an external surface of an inserter. The method further includes inserting the inserter through the tear to an outer surface of the meniscus, sequentially deploying the first and second anchors from the inserter on an outer surface of the meniscus, self-locking the adjustable loop, and reducing the tear.

Further areas of applicability of the present invention will become apparent from the description provided hereinafter. It should be understood that the description and specific examples are intended for purposes of illustration only and are not intended to limit the scope of the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The present invention will become more fully understood from the detailed description and the accompanying drawings, wherein:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a tissue repair device according to the present teachings shown in a first configuration;

FIG. 1A is a perspective view of a flexible anchor according to the present teachings;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the device of FIG. 1, shown in a second configuration;

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the device of FIG. 1, shown in a third configuration;

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the device of FIG. 1, shown in a fourth configuration;

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the device of FIG. 1, shown in a fifth configuration;

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of a tissue repair device according to the present teachings;

FIG. 7 is an enlarged side view of the device of FIG. 6, shown with a depth limiting device in a first position;

FIG. 8 is an enlarged side view of the device of FIG. 6, shown with a depth limiting device in a second position;

FIG. 9 is an environmental view showing one anchor deployed outside soft tissue according to the present teachings; and

FIGS. 10 and 10A are environmental view showing two anchors deployed outside soft tissue according to the present teachings;

FIG. 11 is a perspective view of a tissue repair device according to the present teachings shown in a first configuration;

FIG. 12 is a perspective view of the device of FIG. 11, shown in a second configuration;

FIG. 13 is a perspective view of the device of FIG. 11, shown in a third configuration;

FIG. 13A is a perspective view of the device of FIG. 11, shown in a fourth configuration;

FIG. 14 is a perspective view of a tissue repair device, according to the present teachings, shown in a first configuration;

FIG. 14A is a perspective view of the device of FIG. 14, shown in a second configuration;

FIG. 15 is a perspective view of the device of FIG. 14, shown in a third configuration;

FIG. 16 is a perspective view of a tissue repair device according to the present teachings;

FIG. 16A is an enlarged side view of the device of FIG. 16;

FIG. 17 is a perspective view of a tissue repair device according to the present teachings;

FIG. 17A is an enlarged side view of the device of FIG. 17;

FIG. 18 is an environmental view showing one anchor deployed outside soft tissue according to the present teachings;

FIGS. 19 and 19A are environmental views showing two anchors deployed outside soft tissue according to the present teachings;

FIGS, 20, 21, 22, and 23 are sequential views illustrating an exemplary method of coupling first and second flexible anchors with a flexible strand, and FIG. 22A shows a detail of FIG. 22;

FIG. 24 is a perspective view of a flexible anchor coupled with a flexible strand;

FIG. 25A is a bottom view of an anchor according to the present teachings;

FIG. 25B is a top view of the anchor of FIG. 25A;

FIG. 26 is a view illustrating coupling first and second anchors with a flexible strand according to the present teachings; and

FIG. 27 is a perspective view showing first and second anchors loaded onto an inserter according to the present teachings.

DESCRIPTION OF VARIOUS ASPECTS

The following description is merely exemplary in nature and is in no way intended to limit the invention, its application, or uses. For example, although the present teachings are illustrated in an application for meniscus repair in knee surgery, the present teachings can also be used for repairing any fibrous tissue, such as muscle, ligament or tendon in an arthroscopic or other open procedure, including rotator cuff reconstruction, acromioclavicular (AC) reconstruction, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACL) and generally for fastening tendons, grafts, or strands to fibrous tissue and bone.

An exemplary tissue repair device 100 according to the present teachings is illustrated in FIG. 1. The device 100 can include an inserter 102, a stop member or shaft 106 and a depth limiting device 250, such as a plastic tube that can be cut to desired length. The inserter 102 can be externally pre-loaded on its outer surface with one or more flexible anchors 150. Two anchors 150 are illustrated in FIG. 1 and are referenced hereinafter as first and second anchors 150 a, 150 b, if desirable for further clarity. The letters “a” and “b” will also be appended to distinguish corresponding features of the first and second anchors 150 a, 150 b, if desirable for clarity. The inserter 102 can include a distal portion 108 defining an inclined sharp edge 110. The inserter 102 can define an open longitudinal channel 112. An anchor deploying member 130 can be slidably received in the channel 112 for deploying the anchors 150 off the inserter 102. The shaft 106 can be solid or hollow, and can operate as a stop member for the anchors 150 a, 150 b, which are not loaded in or within the longitudinal channel 112 as in prior art devices, but are instead carried externally and completely outside the distal portion 108 of the inserter 102, with no portion of the anchors 150 received within the longitudinal channel 112, as described below.

Referring to FIGS. 1, 1A and 2, each flexible anchor 150 can be an elongated member having first and second ends 152, 154. The first and second ends 152, 154 are blunt and substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the anchor 150. The flexible anchor 150 can be made of resorbable or non-resorbable materials, including braided suture, sponges and sponge-like materials in solid form, perforated materials, woven/braided from biocompatible materials or fibers, such as, for example, polymer, polyester, polyethylene, cotton, silk, or other natural or synthetic materials, including sponges and sponge-like materials. The flexible anchor 150 can also be an elongated tubular or solid member or a two-dimensional member with or without internal bores. The flexible anchor 150 can have any properties that allow the flexible anchor 150 to change shape. The flexible anchor 150 can be, for example, compliant, flexible, foldable, squashable, squeezable, deformable, limp, flaccid', elastic, low-modulus, soft, spongy, perforated or any other flexible member which can change shape. In some aspects, the flexible anchor 150 can be coated with biological or biocompatible coatings, and it can also be soaked in platelets and other biologics, which can be easily absorbed by the flexible anchor 150 in particular when, for example, the flexible anchor 150 is made from spongy, absorbent material.

It should be understood by the above description that the flexible anchor 150 cannot pierce or otherwise penetrate tissue either with the first and second ends 152, 154, which are blunt or with any other portion thereof. The flexible anchor 150 can be loaded solely on the exterior of the distal portion 108 of the inserter 102 in a folded configuration, such that the first and second ends 152, 154 are facing each other. Accordingly, no portion of the flexible anchor 150 is received even partially in or within the inserter 102 or the channel 112, in contrast to prior art devices in which one or more anchors are substantially received within hollow tubular inserters or hollow needles. More specifically, an intermediate portion 156 of the flexible anchor 150 can be pierced through by the sharp edge 110 of the inserter 102, such that the first and second ends 152, 154 extend opposing one another along the proximal portion 108 of the inserter 102, as shown in FIG. 1. The flexible anchor 150 can be in the form of an elongate flexible tube defining a bore 158 along its length, as shown in FIG. 1A. The flexible anchor 150 can be formed of suture braided without a core.

Referring to FIGS. 6-8 the device 100 can include an adjustment actuator 500 for the depth limiting device 250. The actuator 500 can be, for example, a rack-and-gear mechanism for moving the inserter 102 relative to the depth limiting device 250 between the position shown in FIG. 7, in which the inserter 102 extends a distance “D” beyond a distal end 252 of the depth limiting device 250, and the position of FIG. 8, in which the inserter 102 extends a distance “D” beyond the distal end 252 of the depth limiting device 250. The depth limiting device 250 can be in the form of a transparent plastic tube.

The inserter 102 can be used with a cannula 200, shown in FIG. 16. The cannula 200 can include a handle 202 and a tubular or hollow shaft 204. The shaft 204 of the cannula 200 can have a longitudinal bore 220 having an inner diameter sized to receive the inserter 102. The shaft 204 of the cannula 200 can have a distal end 206 which can be perpendicular relative to the shaft 204, as shown in FIG. 16, but can also be slanted relative to the shaft 204. The distal end 206 has a rounded, blunt or smooth edge not intended to or capable of piercing or otherwise penetrating tissue. The cannula shaft 204 can include a cut-away slot 208 defining a viewing window 210, as shown in FIG. 17.

Referring to FIG. 1A, the flexible anchor 150 can be assembled bent in a U-shape form on the inserter 102 with a continuous strand loop 300 attached thereon. The strand loop 300 can be formed by a single segment of flexible strand 301 passing through the bore 158 of the anchor 150, such that the strand loop 300 includes a first external segment or portion 302 outside the bore 158 and between the ends 152, 154, and a second external segment portion 304 located outside the bore 158 and exiting the bore 158 from exit openings 160, 162 on opposite sides of the bent U-shape of the flexible anchor 150. The flexible strand 301 can be made of braided filaments or fibers of biocompatible material, including natural and synthetic fibers, such as cotton, silk, polymer, polyester, polyethylene, thin wire, suture, and other materials.

The strand loop 300 can be formed by tying the ends of the segment with a knot 306 which can be positioned on either the first external portion 302 or the second external portion 304. It will be appreciated that the loop 300 can define first and second secondary loops or sub-loops 310, 312. The first sub-loop 310 can include the first external portion 302, and the second sub-loop can include the second external portion 304. The first and second sub-loops 310, 312 can intersect each other, and each sub-loop 310, 312 can pass through the bent portion of the bore 158 corresponding to the intermediate portion 156 of the flexible anchor 150.

Referring to FIGS. 1-6, the deploying member 130 can include an elastically deformable projection 132, which can be used to push the anchor 150 off the inserter 102. The deploying member 130 can be moved axially along the channel 112 of the inserter 102 by moving a thumb slider 120 of the handle 104 forward or backward relative to the handle 104 of the inserter 102, as shown in FIG. 6. In the assembled position before deployment of either anchor 150 a, 150 b, the projection 132 of the deploying member 130 can sit behind the first anchor 150 a, as shown in FIG. 1. After the first anchor 150 a is deployed, the deploying member 130 can be retracted, such that the projection 132 is compressed inward and deformably pulled through the body of second anchor 150 b. When the projection 132 exits the second anchor 150 b, the projection 132 springs back to its original shape for pushing the second anchor 150 b off the inserter 102, as shown in FIGS. 2 and 3. The loops 300 a, 300 b of the first and second anchors 150 a, 150 b can be connected with a flexible strand 350 that has a free end 352 and includes a slip knot 356 thereon. The flexible strand 350 can loop around each of the external segments 304 a and 304 b, as shown in FIG. 4.

An alternative arrangement for coupling the first and second flexible anchors 150 a, 150 b with a flexible strand forming an adjustable knotless loop is discussed below in reference to FIGS. 20-24.

Referring to FIGS. 3-5, 9, and 10, the soft tissue repair device 100 can be used to repair a soft tissue defect 90, such as, for example, a tear, or other weakness in fibrous soft tissue 80, such as in meniscal tissue, cartilage, muscle or other fibrous tissue under the skin. After an outer incision is made through the skin to access the soft tissue 80, the cannula 200 can be positioned through the outer incision without cutting or piercing any tissue and placed adjacent the fibrous soft tissue 80, as shown in FIG. 10. The cannula 200 can, therefore, operate as an access portal for the inserter 102. The inserter 102 can be assembled with the first and second anchors 150 a, 150 b externally carried thereon, as shown in FIG. 1.

Referring to FIGS. 9, 10 and 10A, the inserter 102 can be passed through the cannula 200 and into the soft tissue 80 from a first side of the defect 90 until the distal portion 108 of the inserter 102 can exit a second side 82 of the fibrous soft tissue 80, such as an outer surface or back side of a meniscus of a knee joint or other outer surface of a fibrous tissue, for example. The deploying member 130 can be moved forward relative to the inserter 102, thereby delivering the first anchor 150 a on the second side 82 of the soft tissue 80 at a first location, as shown in FIG. 9.

It will be appreciated that the manner and structure of the pre-assembled inserter 102 and anchor 150 allows the anchor 150 to pass through a narrow opening or slit formed in the tissue 80 by the edge 110 of the inserter 102 in a first low-profile folded configuration defining a plane “A”, as shown in FIG. 2, and deposited in that configuration outside the tissue 80 with its first and second ends 152, 154 being delivered substantially simultaneously. Further, it will be understood that tightening the first strand loop 300 by pulling on the second external portion 304 can cause the anchor 150 to deform to a second configuration having a substantially flat round-like or knurled shape. Further pulling on the second external portion 304 can rotate the anchor 150 from a first orientation defined by plane A and substantially perpendicular to the outer surface 82 to a second orientation such that the deformed anchor 150 can define a plane “B” substantially parallel to and lying on the outer surface 82 of the soft tissue 80 in a substantially flat shape, as shown in FIG. 10.

After the first anchor 150 a is deployed, the deploying member 130 can be pulled behind the second anchor 150 b. The second anchor 150 b can be pushed off the distal portion 108 of the inserter 102, as shown in FIGS. 4 and 5, and be delivered to the second side 82 of the soft tissue 80 at a second location, as shown in FIG. 10. The inserter 102 can then be removed. The free end 352 of the strand 350 can be tensioned, thereby deforming the second anchor 150 b to a substantially flat round-like or knurled configuration that lays flat on the second side 82 of the soft tissue 80, and compressing the defect 90. Any excess portion of the strand 350 can be cut off.

Referring to FIGS. 11-19, a similar procedure can be used to repair a defect 90 in soft tissue 80 using non-deformable or substantially rigid anchors 600, which can be referenced as first and second anchors 600 a, 600 b, if distinction is desirable for clarity. The anchors 600 can be made of any biocompatible material, such as, for example, titanium or other non-resorbable material, a resorbable or bioabsorbable polymeric or other material, including Lactosorb®, commercially available from Biomet, Inc., Warsaw, Ind. Referring to FIG. 12, each anchor 600 can be a tubular member defining a longitudinal bore 602 that extends between first and second ends 604, 606 of the anchor 600. The longitudinal bore 602 can be substantially D-shaped. The ends 604, 606 of the anchor 600 can have rounded edges substantially perpendicular to the anchor 600 a, such that the ends 604, 606 are not capable and not intended for piercing or penetrating tissue. The anchor 600 can further define a transverse bore 610 oriented at an angle to the longitudinal bore 602, such as, for example, 90-degrees or other suitable angle relative to the longitudinal bore 602.

The first and second anchors 600 a, 600 b can be coupled with a flexible strand 680 that passes through the transverse bore 610 a of the first anchor 600 a. Both ends 682, 684 of strand 680 can be passed through the transverse bore 610 b of the second anchor 600 b and tied to a slip knot 686, leaving one free end 682 for tightening the strand 680, as shown in FIGS. 11-13A.

Alternatively, flexible strand loops 620 a and 620 b can be formed through the respective transverse bores 610 a, 610 b of the first and second anchors 600 a, 600 b, as shown in FIG. 14. A flexible strand 680 can then be used to connect the two loops 620 a, 620 b, as shown in FIGS. 14A and 15.

Referring to FIGS. 16-19A, the anchor 600 can be inserted through fibrous tissue using the inserter 102 with the cannula 200, and can be used for fibrous soft tissue repair as described above. In one exemplary procedure, the inserter 102 can be passed through the cannula 200 into the soft tissue 80 from a first side of the defect 90 until the distal portion 108 of the inserter 102 can exit a second side 82 of the soft tissue 80, such as an outer surface or back side of a meniscus of a knee joint or other outer surface of a fibrous tissue, for example. The deploying member 130 can be moved forward thereby delivering the first anchor 600 a on the second side 82 of the soft tissue 80 at a first location, as shown in FIG. 18.

The deploying member 130 can then be pulled behind the second anchor 600 b, as the projection 132 is compressed inward and passes through the bore 602 b of the second anchor 600 b. After the projection 132 exits the second anchor 600 b, the projection springs back to is original shape behind the second anchor 600 b. The second anchor 600 b can be pushed off the distal portion 108 of the inserter and be delivered to the second side 82 of the soft tissue 80 at a second location, as shown in FIG. 19. The inserter 102 can then be removed. The free end 682 of the strand 680 can be tensioned, thereby rotating the anchors 600 a, 600 b, such that each anchor 600 a, 600 b is positioned with its longitudinal axis parallel to the surface of the second side 82 of the soft tissue 80, as shown in FIG. 19A. Tensioning the strand 680 further can compress the defect 90. Any excess portion of the strand 380 can be cut off.

Alternative non-deformable anchors and loop arrangements are discussed below in reference with FIGS. 25A-27.

Referring to FIGS. 20-24, another aspect of coupling the flexible anchors 150 a, 150 b with a flexible strand 900 is illustrated. The flexible strand 900 can have first and second ends 902, 904 and can be made of materials similar to those discussed above in reference to the flexible strand 301. The flexible strand 900 can be braided in a tubular or hollow form such that it forms an internal passage 901 between the first and second ends 902, 904. A small knot or other retaining device 906 can be optionally formed adjacent the first end 902. The flexible strand 900 can be passed through a first opening 160 of each of the flexible anchors 150 a, 150 b, guided along the corresponding bore 158 and exit through a second opening 162 of each flexible anchor 150 a, 150 b, as shown in FIG. 21. The openings 160, 162 can be positioned intermediately between the first and second ends 152, 154 of each flexible anchor 150 a, 150 b at a distance of, for example, one-quarter length from the ends 152, 154 of each flexible anchor 150 a, 150 b. Furthermore, it will be appreciated that the openings 160, 162 can be apertures or voids in the woven fabric of the flexible anchors 150 a, 150 b, such that the openings 160, 162 do disrupt or break the weave of flexible anchors 150 a, 150 b, when the flexible anchor 150 a, 150 b are made of braided or woven material.

After the flexible anchors 150 a, 150 b are mounted on the flexible strand 900, the second end 904 of the flexible strand 900 can be inserted into the internal passage 901 of the flexible strand 900 at an aperture 903, guided longitudinally along the passage 901, and led out of the passage 901 of the flexible strand 900 at an aperture 905. The portion of the strand 900 between apertures 901 and 905 can form an adjustment portion 908 between the optional knot 906 and the opening 160 of the second flexible anchor 150 b, such that the flexible strand 900 defines a single adjustable knotless loop 910, as shown in FIGS. 22 and 22A. The second flexible anchor 150 b can be slidably moved along the flexible strand 900 until the adjustment portion 908 is within the bore 158 of the second flexible anchor 150 b and the knot 906 is adjacent the opening 160 of the second flexible anchor 150 b, as shown in FIG. 23. It will be appreciated, however, that the adjustment portion 908 can remain in the position shown in FIG. 22. The adjustable knotless loop 910 is self-locking and does not require the surgeon to tie a knot during the surgical procedure for securing the flexible strand 900. Further, once the adjustable knotless loop 910 is self-locked by pulling the second end 904 of the flexible strand 900 and tensioning the flexible strand 900, friction prevents the adjustable knotless loop 910 from being loosened, thereby providing a secure lock. Additional details regarding forming the knotless adjustable loop 910, and additional adjustable knotless loop configurations are disclosed in co-pending and commonly assigned U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/541,506, filed on Sep. 29, 2006, the disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference.

The first and second flexible anchors 150 a, 150 b can be loaded on the inserter 102, as shown in FIG. 1 and discussed above, coupled with the flexible strand 900, which forms the closed adjustable knotless loop 910. Pulling the second end 904 of the flexible strand 900 can deform the first and second flexible anchors 150 a, 150 b for anchoring, and shorten the length of the adjustable knotless loop 910 without using a slipknot. The inserter 102 with the flexible anchors 150 a, 150 b pre-loaded thereon can be used for repairing soft tissue 80, such as a meniscus tear 90, in a similar manner as discussed with reference to FIG. 9, for example. The thumb slider 120 can be moved forward to deploy the first flexible anchor 150 a at an outer surface 82 of the soft tissue. The thumb slider 120 can then be moved backward, enabling the deploying member 130 to be retracted to a position for deploying the second flexible anchor 150 b at the outer surface 82 of the soft tissue and adjacent the first flexible anchor 150 a. Pulling the second end 904 of the flexible strand 900 can tighten the adjustable knotless loop 910, secure the first and second flexible anchors 150 a, 150 b against the outer surface 82 of the soft tissue 80 and reduce the defect 90. Further, the portions of the sleeve between the first and second ends 152, 154 of each of the flexible anchors 150 a, 150 b and the corresponding first and second openings 160, 162, define anchoring leg portions that provide additional resistance for securing the flexible anchors 150 a, 150 b on the outer surface 82 of the soft tissue 80, as these leg portions are forced against the outer surface 82 for anchoring.

Referring to FIGS. 25A-27, another non-deformable or substantially rigid anchor 1000 is illustrated. Similarly to the anchors 600 a, 600 b illustrated in FIG. 11, the anchor 1000 can be made of any biocompatible material, such as, for example, titanium or other non-resorbable or resorbable material, including polymeric materials and Lactosorb® commercially available from Biomet, Inc., Warsaw, Ind., and can be similarly used to repair a soft tissue defect 90. The anchor 1000 can be tubular defining a longitudinal bore 1002 that extends between first and second ends 1004, 1006 of the anchor 1000, and can have an open, channel-like cross-section defining an arc of 180 degrees or more. The ends 1004, 1006 of the anchor 1000 can have blunt rounded edges substantially perpendicular to the anchor 1000, such that the ends 1004, 1006 are not capable and not intended for piercing or penetrating tissue. The anchor 1000 can further define first and second through bores 1010 oriented substantially perpendicularly to the anchor 1000 and communicating with the longitudinal bore 1002. A flexible strand 900 can be passed through the through bores 1010 coupling the first and second anchors 1000 a, 1000 b with an adjustable knotless loop 910, as shown in FIG. 26. The strand 900 can be tightened by pulling on the second end 904 of the flexible strand 900 without using a slipknot, as discussed above.

The first and second anchors 1000 a, 1000 b, coupled with the flexible strand 900, can be mounted on a single inserter 102, as described above in connection with FIG. 11. Another exemplary inserter 1050 for use with the first and second anchors 1000 a, 1000 b is shown in FIG. 27. The inserter 1050 can have a cylindrical body 1052, a pointed distal tip 1054, and a stop 1056. The first anchor 1000 a can be mounted externally onto the body 1052 of the inserter 1050 between the tip 1054 and the stop 1056, such that a portion of the inserter 1052 is received in the longitudinal bore 1002 of the first anchor 1000 a. The second anchor 1000 b can be similarly mounted externally onto the body 1052 of the inserter 1050 behind the first anchor 1000 a and facing in a direction opposite to the first anchor 1000 a and opposite to the stop 1056.

In use, the inserter 1050 can be pushed through the soft tissue 80 and through the defect 90 to the outer surface 82 of the soft tissue 80 carrying the first anchor 1000 a therethrough. The stop 1056 prevents the anchor 1000 a from sliding backward when the inserter 1050 is retracted out of the soft tissue 80, leaving the first anchor 1000 a on the outer surface 82. The second anchor 1000 b can be then slid along the body 1052 of the inserter 1050 opposite the stop 1056, rotated about 180 degrees to be positioned directly behind the stop 1056 and deployed off the inserter 1050 similarly to the deployment of the first anchor 1000 a. In one aspect, the anchors 1000 a and 1000 b can be mounted in a keyed manner onto the inserter 1050, such that accidental relative rotation can be substantially prevented without preventing intentional sliding and rotation of the anchors. In a related aspect, more than two anchors can be loaded on the inserter 1050. Two additional anchors, for example, can be loaded behind the stop 1056. In this aspect, the four anchors can be loaded at 90-degrees circumferentially apart on the inserter 1050, and can be deployed sequentially, with a 90-degree relative rotation of the inserter 1050 relative to each anchor, after deployment of the previous anchor.

It will be appreciated from the above description and drawings that the present teachings provide anchors of versatile configurations that can be passed through tissue easily in a compact or low profile configuration and or orientation and then positioned outside tissue in a second orientation that provides anchoring without tissue penetration, preventing withdrawal from the tissue and reducing tissue injury. Further, the use of an inserter provided with preassembled anchors can help reduce the time length of the procedure and simplify manipulations required during the procedure.

It will be further understood that the various embodiments of the inserters, anchors and coupling arrangements can be mixed and matched or combined in ways other than those explicitly discussed above, without departing from the scope of the present teachings.

The foregoing discussion discloses and describes merely exemplary arrangements of the present invention. One skilled in the art will readily recognize from such discussion, and from the accompanying drawings and claims, that various changes, modifications and variations can be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined in the following claims.

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2650120 Dec 1859 Gbaving-dock
US654994 Jun 1867 James milljbr
US12636630 Apr 1872 Improvement in wood-screws
US23347521 Jun 188019 Oct 1880 l vandermark
US26150124 Apr 188218 Jul 1882 Bag and sail tie
US40167728 Jan 188916 Apr 1889The Glen Cove machine CompanyBelt-tightener for planing-machines
US4178057 Mar 188924 Dec 1889 Edwin t
US48730412 Jan 18926 Dec 1892 Branding-tool
US76271029 Dec 190314 Jun 1904George HallGround-anchor.
US83776715 Jun 19064 Dec 1906Walton I AimsMoisture-proof joint.
US8382034 Dec 190511 Dec 1906James NeilSpike-lock.
US10596314 Dec 190922 Apr 1913 Method of embedding artificial hair.
US11311558 Oct 19139 Mar 1915Thomas W MurphyNeedle.
US11534503 Sep 191414 Sep 1915Schuyler Renwick SchaffGuy-anchor.
US134694028 Oct 191920 Jul 1920Collins Asa WApparatus for binding fractured bones
US16350668 Feb 19275 Jul 1927Wells Walter ASurgical instrument
US195079915 Apr 193313 Mar 1934Jones Carl PFracture appliance
US20656594 Aug 193429 Dec 1936Arthur V CullenFastening method and means
US21082069 Mar 193715 Feb 1938Lillian Pearl MeckerTenaculum
US212119321 Dec 193221 Jun 1938Erich Hanicke Paul GustavFracture clamping apparatus
US21517334 May 193628 Mar 1939American Box Board CoContainer
US224200313 Jun 194013 May 1941Lorenzo Frank AMethod and apparatus for reduction of fracture of femur
US226792511 Feb 194130 Dec 1941Herbert A JohnstonFracture securing apparatus
US230298627 Dec 194024 Nov 1942Vollrath Harold BAtraumatic suture link
US232939823 Jan 194114 Sep 1943Bernard A DuffyScrew driver
US25269591 Jul 194724 Oct 1950Lorenzo Frank AFracture reduction apparatus
US25284567 Mar 194931 Oct 1950Evergrip IncFixing splint for injured body appendants
US25624195 Apr 194831 Jul 1951George L FerrisExpansion nut setting tool
US258156420 Oct 19498 Jan 1952Jaime VillegasAtraumatic surgical needle
US26003951 Jun 195117 Jun 1952Domoj John JosephKeyhole splice
US26106312 Nov 194916 Sep 1952Calicchio David JLigator
US26655978 Mar 195112 Jan 1954Boeing CoExpansible anchor
US26697745 Oct 194923 Feb 1954Sylvania Electric ProdMount tray
US269898617 Jan 195211 Jan 1955Brown Shepherd FFishing line and process of making loops therein
US276048820 Apr 195528 Aug 1956Robert B PierceInternal bone fixation apparatus
US283328425 Feb 19576 May 1958Springer Henry APatellar needle
US284671219 Oct 195412 Aug 1958Miracle Strip CorpTackless rug fastener means
US28603935 Jul 195718 Nov 1958Brock Joseph ABand ties
US28807283 Feb 19587 Apr 1959Rights Clyde SLigature inserter
US28817629 Feb 195514 Apr 1959Lowrie Robert JSurgical staple and stapler
US28830964 Jan 195721 Apr 1959Dawson HoraceButton sewing and sewing implement
US29130424 Feb 195717 Nov 1959Taylor JohnFastener device
US300000928 Sep 195919 Sep 1961Roberts CoMethod of making carpet grippers
US30031556 Jul 195610 Oct 1961Mielzynski Felix CHair darts for implanting in live or artificial media
US30135596 May 195919 Dec 1961Thomas Wesley CInstrument for closing flesh wounds
US303761916 Nov 19595 Jun 1962Stevans ErnestSuture devices
US303946029 May 195919 Jun 1962Chandler John PFinger splint
US309038620 Jul 196121 May 1963Curtis Scott CompanySurgical suturing instrument
US310366628 Dec 196117 Sep 1963Dennison Mfg CoTag attaching apparatus
US312307713 Aug 19563 Mar 1964 Surgical suture
US31250951 Nov 196117 Mar 1964 Flexible stainless steel sutures
US320942223 Dec 19635 Oct 1965Arthur DritzFastening device
US323493827 May 196315 Feb 1966Robinson Ralph RIntra-uterine u stem pessary
US324037918 Mar 196415 Mar 1966Boeing CoAdhesive passage plugs
US325027129 Apr 196310 May 1966Jack LippesIntrauterine device
US339943224 Apr 19673 Sep 1968Dennison Mfg CoButton attachment
US34090148 Oct 19655 Nov 1968Amp IncSurgical ligating disk having a noose forming ligature threaded therethrough
US343547528 Feb 19681 Apr 1969Bisk MaxShoe tree
US346708914 Feb 196716 Sep 1969Hollister IncIntrauterine contraceptive device (iud)
US34708348 Mar 19687 Oct 1969Dennison Mfg CoFastener attaching device
US34708756 Oct 19667 Oct 1969Johnson Alfred ASurgical clamping and suturing instrument
US35008201 Jul 196617 Mar 1970Torsten Hakan Oskar AlmenMedical probe for injecting x-ray contrast medium into the body
US350727418 Mar 196821 Apr 1970Soichet SamuelIntra-uterine device
US351348427 Oct 196726 May 1970Extracorporeal Med SpecArtificial tendon
US351513226 Dec 19672 Jun 1970Mcknight Charles AIntrauterine contraceptive device
US352280328 Aug 19674 Aug 1970Majzlin GregoryInserter for intra-uterine device
US35272231 Sep 19678 Sep 1970Melvin SheinEar stud and hollow piercer for insertion thereof
US353340618 Sep 196813 Oct 1970Population Council IncIntrauterine contraceptive device
US354159126 Apr 196817 Nov 1970Henry J HoegermanMethod and apparatus for closing wounds
US354738914 Jun 196815 Dec 1970Mitchell LucilleWall hangers
US35798315 Mar 196925 May 1971Stevens Irving JBone implant
US359061621 Aug 19686 Jul 1971Schloemann AgMeans for controlling the movements of a manipulator
US36080955 Mar 197028 Sep 1971Federal Tool Eng CoMethod of fixing hair pieces to scalps
US361844715 Sep 19699 Nov 1971Phillips Petroleum CoDeterioration fasteners
US362853024 Mar 196921 Dec 1971Schwartz JeromeIntrauterine device for contraception
US364364920 Nov 196922 Feb 1972United States Surgical CorpMechanized tracheotome
US364870516 Jul 197014 Mar 1972Lary Banning GRetention bar means for surgical incision closure
US365648315 Jan 197018 Apr 1972Biolog Concepts IncIntrauterine medicator
US36643456 Jul 197023 May 1972Clyde Harwell DabbsSurgical buttons
US36655609 Dec 197030 May 1972Gen Motors CorpPlastic string fastener having detachable parts
US367563911 May 197011 Jul 1972Hugo S CimberDevice for and method of temporary sterilizing a female
US368342210 Aug 197015 Aug 1972Cutter LabBone prosthesis
US369202230 Dec 197019 Sep 1972Ewing Dean EDigital splint
US36952713 Jun 19703 Oct 1972Technalytics IncRetention suture bridge
US36999691 Jun 197124 Oct 1972Allen William GlennMethod for implanting natural or synthetic fibers into living tissue
US371605817 Jul 197013 Feb 1973Atlanta Res InstBarbed suture
US37444888 Jun 197110 Jul 1973Cox JBone splint
US37525167 Dec 197114 Aug 1973Mumma PKnot tying jig
US375762910 May 197111 Sep 1973R SchneiderResilient plastic staple
US376385619 Nov 19719 Oct 1973Blomberg TInserter for intra-uterine contraceptive device
US37715209 Nov 197013 Nov 1973Robins Co Inc A HIntrauterine device inserter
US377774811 Jun 197111 Dec 1973Searle & CoIntrauterine contraceptive devices and inserters therefor
US380740718 Jan 197330 Apr 1974Schweizer ESuture applicator
US382501023 Apr 197323 Jul 1974Mc Donald BSurgical apparatus for closing wounds
US384001723 Aug 19728 Oct 1974Violante ASurgical instrument
US384282419 Mar 197322 Oct 1974A NeufeldNotched surgical pin and breaking tool therefor
US38428407 May 197322 Oct 1974Schweizer ESuture applicator
US384577217 Sep 19735 Nov 1974D SmithRetention suture device and method
US38679336 Mar 197325 Feb 1975Tecna CorpIntrauterine device and process of making the same
US386794427 Oct 197225 Feb 1975Wood Ernest CHemostatic clip and applicator therefor
US3871368 *10 Oct 197318 Mar 1975Van Berkum Wilmer TDevice for fixation of preparturient vaginal prolapse
US387137912 Jul 197318 Mar 1975Henry C N ClarkeLaparoscopy instruments and method for suturing and ligation
US387438812 Feb 19731 Apr 1975Ochsner Med Found AltonShunt defect closure system
US38756484 Apr 19738 Apr 1975Dennison Mfg CoFastener attachment apparatus and method
US387757025 Jul 197315 Apr 1975Barry Robert JSterile cosmetic suture for attaching hair pieces to scalp and method of packaging and utilizing
US388015621 Nov 197229 Apr 1975Hoff SeymourInserter for contraceptive device
US388147518 Feb 19726 May 1975Schmid LabIntra-uterine contraceptive device
US388966610 Sep 197317 Jun 1975Robins Co Inc A HMethod of preparation for/and insertion of IUD prepackaged in a tubular inserter
US389224021 Mar 19741 Jul 1975Park Charles LanierSurgical needle apparatus
US38965008 Jan 197429 Jul 1975Gilles BousquetMethod of and prosthesis for restoring ligaments of a joint
US39074421 Nov 197223 Sep 1975Briles Manufacturing Omark IndFastener sealant injection system
US39102819 Oct 19737 Oct 1975Bio Medicus IncSuture anchor
US391844427 Mar 197411 Nov 1975Alza CorpApparatus for inserting an intrauterine device
US391845531 May 197411 Nov 1975Albany Int CorpCombined surgical suture and needle
US392766620 Jan 197523 Dec 1975Alza CorpInserter for intrauterine device
US39316678 May 197413 Jan 1976Dennison Manufacturing CompanyInterlocking attachment device
US393315318 Mar 197420 Jan 1976Laszlo Kalman CsataryIntra-uterine contraceptive device
US39372178 Mar 197410 Feb 1976Outokumpu OyIntrauterine contraceptive device
US394393217 Jan 197516 Mar 1976Yen Kong WooAcupuncture needles and holder
US394672824 May 197430 Mar 1976Protek A.G.Surgical device
US394674015 Oct 197430 Mar 1976Bassett John WSuturing device
US39538966 Sep 19744 May 1976Richards Manufacturing Company, Inc.Prosthetic ligament
US39541039 Dec 19744 May 1976Garcia Roel RicardoApparatus and intrauterine device for the immediate puerperium for the control of human fertility
US396163213 Dec 19748 Jun 1976Moossun Mohamed HStomach intubation and catheter placement system
US397356019 Jul 197410 Aug 1976A. H. Robins Company, IncorporatedIntrauterine device of C or omega form
US39760796 May 197524 Aug 1976Samuels Peter BSecuring devices for sutures
US397705020 Jan 197531 Aug 1976Monarch Marking Systems, Inc.Fastener assembly
US397979920 Jan 197514 Sep 1976Dennison Manufacturing CompanyInterlocking attachment device
US398513810 Oct 197412 Oct 1976Jarvik Robert KPreformed ligatures for bleeders and methods of applying such ligatures
US399061912 Nov 19759 Nov 1976Dennison Manufacturing CompanyFastener attachment needle
US400570730 May 19751 Feb 1977Moulding Jr Thomas SVariable size intrauterine contraceptive device
US400674723 Apr 19758 Feb 1977Ethicon, Inc.Surgical method
US400774320 Oct 197515 Feb 1977American Hospital Supply CorporationOpening mechanism for umbrella-like intravascular shunt defect closure device
US401307111 Nov 197522 Mar 1977Lior RosenbergFasteners particularly useful as orthopedic screws
US402628112 Oct 197331 May 1977Ortho Pharmaceutical CorporationMethod and apparatus for inserting an intrauterine contraceptive device
US405010012 May 197627 Sep 1977Barry Robert JPermanently implanted hair piece attaching means
US405495424 May 197625 Oct 1977Tokyo Gihatsu Seikei Company LimitedMethod of providing hair at the scalp
US40854664 Aug 197725 Apr 1978National Research Development CorporationProsthetic joint device
US409431329 Oct 197613 Jun 1978Takeo KomamuraIntra-uterine device and tool for insertion of same
US410369021 Mar 19771 Aug 1978Cordis CorporationSelf-suturing cardiac pacer lead
US41214875 Jul 197724 Oct 1978Dennison Manufacturing CompanyContinuously connected fastener attachment stock
US41436567 Apr 197813 Mar 1979Ortho Pharmaceutical CorporationInstrument and method for inserting an intrauterine contraceptive device
US414487620 Dec 197720 Mar 1979Deleo David BHair implanting method
US414927722 Jun 197717 Apr 1979General Atomic CompanyArtificial tendon prostheses
US415771416 Nov 197712 Jun 1979Concept, Inc.Wire inserter and sterile wire pack
US41604536 Sep 197710 Jul 1979Hairegenics, Inc.Apparatus for implanting hair
US416422528 Dec 197714 Aug 1979Johnson & Lorenz, Inc.Surgical suturing instrument
US41724587 Nov 197730 Oct 1979Pereyra Armand JSurgical ligature carrier
US417555522 Feb 197827 Nov 1979Interfix LimitedBone screw
US418563629 Dec 197729 Jan 1980Albert Einstein College Of Medicine Of Yeshiva UniversitySuture organizer, prosthetic device holder, and related surgical procedures
US419688322 Dec 19778 Apr 1980Coats & Clark, Inc.Hollow wall fastener
US42101483 Nov 19781 Jul 1980Stivala Oscar GRetention suture system
US423516129 Jan 197925 Nov 1980Kunreuther & BeringhauseAutomatic tag attaching apparatus
US42352384 May 197925 Nov 1980Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.Apparatus for suturing coeliac tissues
US423777922 Feb 19799 Dec 1980Kunreuther & BeringhauseAutomatic attaching apparatus
US42430372 Jul 19796 Jan 1981Smith Norma JFecal impaction remover
US424952515 Oct 197910 Feb 1981G. D. Searle & Co.Instrument for loading an intrauterine device into an insertion tube
US426391310 Aug 197828 Apr 1981Oscar MalminHair replacement method
US426524630 May 19795 May 1981Barry Cosmetic Suture Company, Inc.Sterile cosmetic suture and scalp implant for attaching hair pieces
US427311724 Aug 197916 Jun 1981Neuhaeuser Hans GApparatus for drilling bone
US427571727 Jul 197930 Jun 1981Zimmer Usa, Inc.Intramedullary fixation device for fractured tubular bones
US42878071 Jun 19798 Sep 1981Usm CorporationPull-to-set anchoring device
US429169828 Nov 197929 Sep 1981Intermedicat GmbhButton for surgical applications
US43015519 Jul 197924 Nov 1981Ecole PolythechniqueDeformable high energy storage tension spring
US43123378 Sep 198026 Jan 1982Donohue Brian TCannula and drill guide apparatus
US43164695 Oct 197923 Feb 1982Kapitanov Nikolai NSurgical apparatus for suturing soft tissues with lengths of suturing material with spicules
US432653117 Sep 197927 Apr 1982Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.Device for operating a coeliac tubular member-closing implement
US43456017 Apr 198024 Aug 1982Mamoru FukudaContinuous suturing device
US434902723 Jun 198014 Sep 1982Difrancesco John GNeedle guide for implanting intra-ocular lens
US438892122 May 198121 Jun 1983Institut Straumann AgDevice comprising a plate and screws for fastening a plate to a bone
US440083310 Jun 198130 Aug 1983Kurland Kenneth ZMeans and method of implanting bioprosthetics
US44024459 Oct 19816 Sep 1983United States Surgical CorporationSurgical fastener and means for applying same
US440997429 Jun 198118 Oct 1983Freedland Jeffrey ABone-fixating surgical implant device
US443876915 Apr 198227 Mar 1984Pratt Clyde RMedical staple device
US44414898 Mar 198210 Apr 1984National Research Development CorporationOrthopaedic splints
US445487515 Apr 198219 Jun 1984Techmedica, Inc.Osteal medical staple
US44623952 Mar 198331 Jul 1984Johnson Lanny LArthroscopic ligamentous and capsular fixation system
US446375311 Sep 19817 Aug 1984Gustilo Ramon BCompression bone screw
US44731028 Nov 198225 Sep 1984Graber Industries, Inc.Drapery carrier for a string connected carrier system
US448457022 May 198127 Nov 1984Synthes Ltd.Device comprising an implant and screws for fastening said implant to a bone, and a device for connecting two separated pieces of bone
US449332313 Dec 198215 Jan 1985University Of Iowa Research FoundationSuturing device and method for using same
US449646829 Mar 198229 Jan 1985Nl Industries, Inc.Hydrated hydroxyethyl cellulose compositions
US450527412 Oct 198219 Mar 1985Propper Manufacturing Co., Inc.Suture clip
US450951624 Feb 19839 Apr 1985Stryker CorporationLigament tunneling instrument
US453152220 Jun 198330 Jul 1985Ethicon, Inc.Two-piece tissue fastener with locking top and method for applying same
US453292620 Jun 19836 Aug 1985Ethicon, Inc.Two-piece tissue fastener with ratchet leg staple and sealable latching receiver
US453435020 Jun 198313 Aug 1985Ethicon, Inc.Two-piece tissue fastener with compressible leg staple and retaining receiver
US453576415 Apr 198320 Aug 1985Tayco Developments, Inc.Surgical bone tie
US453718510 Jun 198327 Aug 1985Denis P. StednitzCannulated fixation screw
US45496521 Feb 198529 Oct 1985PiactIUD Package
US456143215 Sep 198331 Dec 1985Floyd A. Coard, M.D.Fractured femur fixation system
US456400720 Oct 198314 Jan 1986National Research Development Corp.Orthopaedic external fixation devices
US45706232 Jun 198318 Feb 1986Pfizer Hospital Products Group Inc.Arched bridge staple
US457384425 Nov 19834 Mar 1986Smith Gareth JAnchoring bolt device
US45766088 Nov 198318 Mar 1986Homsy Charles APorous body-implantable polytetrafluoroethylene
US458472210 May 198329 Apr 1986Yeda Research And Development Co., Ltd.Prosthetic tendon
US459092822 Sep 198127 May 1986South African Invention Development CorporationSurgical implant
US459500714 Mar 198317 Jun 1986Ethicon, Inc.Split ring type tissue fastener
US459624926 Jul 198324 Jun 1986Freda Vincent JImplement for setting sutures
US460263514 Nov 198329 Jul 1986Mulhollan James SRemote surgical knot tier and method of use
US46026363 Dec 198429 Jul 1986Joint Medical Products CorporationSuture wire with integral needle-like tip
US460499723 Jan 198512 Aug 1986Orthofix S.R.L.Articulated mini external fixation device
US46054146 Jun 198412 Aug 1986John CzajkaReconstruction of a cruciate ligament
US461665027 Jul 198414 Oct 1986United States Surgical CorporationApparatus for applying surgical clips
US46216409 Jan 198411 Nov 1986Mulhollan James SMechanical needle carrier and method for its use
US462425422 Jan 198525 Nov 1986United States Surgical CorporationApparatus for applying surgical clips
US463210029 Aug 198530 Dec 1986Marlowe E. GobleSuture anchor assembly
US463563729 Mar 198413 Jan 1987Schreiber Saul NSurgical suture
US463612122 Apr 198513 Jan 1987Miller Lillias SHolding screw
US464165210 Apr 198510 Feb 1987Richard Wolf GmbhApplicator for tying sewing threads
US46499524 Apr 198617 Mar 1987Jogler, Inc.Combined shut off and check valve
US465348612 Apr 198431 Mar 1987Coker Tom PFastener, particularly suited for orthopedic use
US465348729 Jan 198631 Mar 1987Maale Gerhard EIntramedullary rod assembly for cement injection system
US46534895 May 198631 Mar 1987Tronzo Raymond GFenestrated hip screw and method of augmented fixation
US465577719 Dec 19837 Apr 1987Southern Research InstituteMethod of producing biodegradable prosthesis and products therefrom
US466206814 Nov 19855 May 1987Eli PolonskySuture fusing and cutting apparatus
US46676625 Mar 198426 May 1987Davol, Inc.Cerclage device
US46676756 Mar 198626 May 1987Davis Emsley ARetention suture apparatus
US46694736 Sep 19852 Jun 1987Acufex Microsurgical, Inc.Surgical fastener
US468389525 Jul 19854 Aug 1987Cordis CorporationSuture sleeve anchoring device
US468856117 Sep 198525 Aug 1987Reese H WilliamBone handling apparatus and method
US469016913 Jun 19861 Sep 1987Jogler, Inc.Combined shut off and check valve
US470504018 Nov 198510 Nov 1987Medi-Tech, IncorporatedPercutaneous fixation of hollow organs
US470813224 Jan 198624 Nov 1987Pfizer-Hospital Products Group, Inc.Fixation device for a ligament or tendon prosthesis
US471689323 Dec 19855 Jan 1988Artur FischerBone fastener
US47196717 May 198719 Jan 1988Canon Kabushiki KaishaStrap connector
US471991717 Feb 198719 Jan 1988Minnesota Mining And Manufacturing CompanySurgical staple
US472354015 Jul 19869 Feb 1988Gilmer Jr Raymond EApparatus and method for exerting and maintaining a force between two bone members
US472483918 Sep 198616 Feb 1988Ethicon, Inc.Surgical fastening systems made from polymeric materials
US472833226 Nov 19851 Mar 1988Albrektsson BjoernArtificial menisco-tibial joint
US47382557 Apr 198619 Apr 1988Biotron Labs, Inc.Suture anchor system
US47413304 Apr 19863 May 1988Hayhurst John OMethod and apparatus for anchoring and manipulating cartilage
US474133612 Mar 19863 May 1988Ethicon, Inc.Shaped staples and slotted receivers (case VII)
US474435318 Apr 198617 May 1988Mcfarland Joseph RMethod for attaching soft tissue to bone tissue
US47447936 Sep 198517 May 1988Zimmer, Inc.Prosthetic ligament connection assembly
US475049227 Feb 198514 Jun 1988Richards Medical CompanyAbsorbable suture apparatus, method and installer
US47608432 Jul 19862 Aug 1988Artur FischerConnector for fractured bones
US47608483 Nov 19862 Aug 1988Hasson Harrith MRotational surgical instrument
US477226129 Jan 198720 Sep 1988Board Of Regents, The University Of Texas SystemIntramedullary catheter
US477228617 Feb 198720 Sep 1988E. Marlowe GobleLigament attachment method and apparatus
US477391017 Aug 198727 Sep 1988Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products, Inc.Permanent ligament prosthesis
US477538016 Oct 19864 Oct 1988Seedhom Bahaa BSurgical replacement of ligaments
US47763288 Apr 198711 Oct 1988Sulzer Brothers LimitedBone nail and an instrument for implanting a bone nail
US478119011 Apr 19861 Nov 1988Lee Wilson K CMethod of arthroscopic repair of a limb joint
US478412617 Apr 198715 Nov 1988South African Inventions Development CorporationSurgical device
US478788223 Dec 198629 Nov 1988Gambro AbTwo stage venous return catheter
US479029724 Jul 198713 Dec 1988Biotechnology, Inc.Spinal fixation method and system
US479336311 Sep 198627 Dec 1988Sherwood Medical CompanyBiopsy needle
US480969525 Feb 19877 Mar 1989Owen M. GwathmeySuturing assembly and method
US48134066 Aug 198621 Mar 1989Ims LimitedOrthopedic splint arrangement
US48237943 Dec 198425 Apr 1989Pierce William SSurgical pledget
US48285624 Feb 19889 May 1989Pfizer Hospital Products Group, Inc.Anterior cruciate ligament prosthesis
US48320261 Feb 198823 May 1989Prd CorporationMethod of suturing
US483409829 Feb 198830 May 1989Prd CorporationSuturing needle and anchor
US483828226 Feb 198713 Jun 1989Manan Manufacturing Co., Inc.Bone biopsy needle assembly
US484196010 Feb 198727 Jun 1989Garner Eric TMethod and apparatus for interosseous bone fixation
US485100515 Jul 198825 Jul 1989South African Invention Development CorporationSurgical implant
US485860821 Aug 198722 Aug 1989Femcare LimitedApplicator
US486051325 Jan 198829 Aug 1989Whitman Robert ERoofing fastener
US486338317 Mar 19885 Sep 1989Grafelmann Hans Lself-taping screw-in bone implant for dental purposes
US487095727 Dec 19883 Oct 1989Marlowe Goble ELigament anchor system
US487397628 Feb 198417 Oct 1989Schreiber Saul NSurgical fasteners and method
US48876016 Nov 198719 Dec 1989Ophthalmic Ventures Limited PartnershipAdjustable surgical staple and method of using the same
US48906155 Nov 19872 Jan 1990Concept, Inc.Arthroscopic suturing instrument
US48936194 Feb 198816 Jan 1990Intermedics Orthopedics, Inc.Humeral osteotomy guide
US48939749 Jan 198916 Jan 1990Fischerwerke Artur Fischer Gmbh & Co. KgComposite plug for mounting objects in a drilled hole in masonry
US489514822 Mar 198923 Jan 1990Concept, Inc.Method of joining torn parts of bodily tissue in vivo with a biodegradable tack member
US48966689 Apr 198730 Jan 1990PetersPlate set for osteal fixation, equipped with suture strands
US489815618 May 19876 Feb 1990Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Suture anchor
US489974315 Dec 198713 Feb 1990Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Suture anchor installation tool
US49017212 Aug 198820 Feb 1990Hakki Samir ISuturing device
US492346122 Mar 19898 May 1990Concept, Inc.Method of arthroscopic suturing of tissue
US492742115 May 198922 May 1990Marlowe Goble EProcess of endosteal fixation of a ligament
US49464688 Dec 19897 Aug 1990Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Suture anchor and suture anchor installation tool
US49502703 Feb 198921 Aug 1990Boehringer Mannheim CorporationCannulated self-tapping bone screw
US495028527 Nov 198921 Aug 1990Wilk Peter JSuture device
US496038110 Aug 19882 Oct 1990Core-Vent CorporationScrew-type dental implant anchor
US49617418 Jan 19909 Oct 1990Hayhurst John OSuture knotting instrument
US49683158 Feb 19896 Nov 1990Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Suture anchor and suture anchor installation tool
US496831729 Dec 19876 Nov 1990Toermaelae PerttiSurgical materials and devices
US496988615 Sep 198713 Nov 1990Endre CzifferDisposable fixing means especially for fixing factured small tubular bones externally
US497673628 Apr 198911 Dec 1990Interpore InternationalCoated biomaterials and methods for making same
US497835023 Jan 199018 Dec 1990Jaquet Orthopedie S.A.Transcutaneous pin for fixation of a bone part or fragment
US497995610 Jul 198925 Dec 1990Pfizer Hospital Products Group, Inc.Device and method for tendon and ligament repair
US49831766 Mar 19898 Jan 1991University Of New MexicoDeformable plastic surgical clip
US49883516 Jan 198929 Jan 1991Concept, Inc.Washer for use with cancellous screw for attaching soft tissue to bone
US49940741 Feb 199019 Feb 1991Ethicon, Inc.Copolymers of ε-caprolactone, glycolide and glycolic acid for suture coatings
US499743316 Jan 19905 Mar 1991Marlowe Goble EEndosteal fixation stud and system
US50025507 Feb 199026 Mar 1991Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Suture anchor installation tool
US500256218 Apr 199026 Mar 1991Oberlander Michael ASurgical clip
US500792126 Oct 198916 Apr 1991Brown Alan WSurgical staple
US503022425 Sep 19899 Jul 1991Pioneering Technologies, Inc.Coronary artery retraction clip
US50374222 Jul 19906 Aug 1991Acufex Microsurgical, Inc.Bone anchor and method of anchoring a suture to a bone
US50411292 Jul 199020 Aug 1991Acufex Microsurgical, Inc.Slotted suture anchor and method of anchoring a suture
US504651320 Nov 198910 Sep 1991Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Method for anchoring suture to bone
US504703020 Jun 199010 Sep 1991Klaus DraenertSuction drainage-bone screw
US50530466 Sep 19901 Oct 1991Woodrow W. JaneseDural sealing needle and method of use
US505304716 May 19891 Oct 1991Inbae YoonSuture devices particularly useful in endoscopic surgery and methods of suturing
US505920122 Jan 199122 Oct 1991Asnis Stanley ESuture threading, stitching and wrapping device for use in open and closed surgical procedures
US505920612 Apr 198922 Oct 1991Winters Thomas FMethod and apparatus for repairing a tear in a knee meniscus
US506234412 Apr 19905 Nov 1991Sparton CorporationBowline knot in a braided line
US50628437 Feb 19905 Nov 1991Mahony Iii Thomas HInterference fixation screw with integral instrumentation
US50787315 Jun 19907 Jan 1992Hayhurst John OSuture clip
US507884313 Jun 19897 Jan 1992General Dynamics Corporation Air Defense Systems DivisionMethod for fabricating high-temperature tensile test specimens
US50840502 Oct 198928 Jan 1992Klaus DraenertImplant for bone reinforcement and for anchoring bone screws, implants and implant parts
US508405827 Jun 199028 Jan 1992Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Suture rundown tool and cutter system
US508566129 Oct 19904 Feb 1992Gerald MossSurgical fastener implantation device
US508726325 Apr 199011 Feb 1992Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Suture throw holder and rundown system
US50928662 Feb 19903 Mar 1992Breard Francis HFlexible inter-vertebral stabilizer as well as process and apparatus for determining or verifying its tension before installation on the spinal column
US509843521 Nov 199024 Mar 1992Alphatec Manufacturing Inc.Cannula
US51004155 Oct 199031 Mar 1992Hayhurst John OKnotting instrument
US510041713 Jul 199031 Mar 1992American Cyanamid CompanySuture anchor and driver assembly
US511633727 Jun 199126 May 1992Johnson Lanny LFixation screw and method for ligament reconstruction
US511637315 Aug 199026 May 1992Sulzer Brothers LimitedPull-through appliance
US511637527 Aug 199026 May 1992Hofmann Aaron AKnee prosthesis
US512391317 May 199023 Jun 1992Wilk Peter JSuture device
US512778527 Feb 19917 Jul 1992Faucher Raymond GHanger nail for suspended ceiling
US512990110 Jun 199114 Jul 1992Decoste Vern XCannulated orthopedic screw
US512990220 Apr 199014 Jul 1992Marlowe Goble EEndosteal ligament retainer and process
US512990424 May 198914 Jul 1992Illi Oscar EOsteosynthetic implant
US51299068 Sep 198914 Jul 1992Linvatec CorporationBioabsorbable tack for joining bodily tissue and in vivo method and apparatus for deploying same
US51394995 Sep 199018 Aug 1992American Cyanamid CompanyScrew and driver
US513952031 Jan 199018 Aug 1992American Cyanamid CompanyMethod for acl reconstruction
US514349821 Jun 19901 Sep 1992Whitman Robert ERoofing fastening device
US51473628 Apr 199115 Sep 1992Marlowe Goble EEndosteal ligament fixation device
US514932912 Dec 199022 Sep 1992Wayne State UniversitySurgical suture carrier and method for urinary bladder neck suspension
US515279021 Mar 19916 Oct 1992American Cyanamid CompanyLigament reconstruction graft anchor apparatus
US51541894 Sep 199113 Oct 1992Oberlander Michael AMethod for repairing a torn meniscus
US515661610 Feb 199220 Oct 1992Meadows Bruce FApparatus and method for suture attachment
US516396028 Jun 199017 Nov 1992Bonutti Peter MSurgical devices assembled using heat bondable materials
US516940030 Mar 19898 Dec 1992Aesculap AgBone screw
US51766821 Jun 19925 Jan 1993Chow James C YSurgical implement
US51786293 Mar 199212 Jan 1993Ethicon, Inc.Method of forming a suture knot
US518345829 Jan 19922 Feb 1993Marx Ralph HFinger support
US51922829 Sep 19919 Mar 1993Klaus DraenertSuction drainage-bone screw
US519798714 Jan 199230 Mar 1993Sulzer Brothers LimitedKnee joint prosthesis
US52037843 Sep 199120 Apr 1993Linvatec CorporationBioabsorbable tack for joining bodily tissue and apparatus for deploying same
US520378719 Nov 199020 Apr 1993Biomet, Inc.Suture retaining arrangement
US520767922 Jun 19924 May 1993Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Suture anchor and installation tool
US52097532 Nov 199011 May 1993Lutz BiedermannBone screw
US52098058 Jan 199211 May 1993Spraggins Michael RMethod and fastener system for joining lightweight panels
US521164719 Feb 199218 May 1993Arthrex Inc.Interference screw and cannulated sheath for endosteal fixation of ligaments
US521165013 Jul 199218 May 1993Laparomed CorporationDual function suturing device and method
US521498714 Apr 19921 Jun 1993Fenton Sr John JScrew fastener and driving tool
US521935917 Sep 199115 Jun 1993Femcare LimitedSuture apparatus
US52249465 Apr 19916 Jul 1993American Cyanamid CompanyBone anchor and method of anchoring a suture to a bone
US523069918 Feb 199227 Jul 1993Grasinger John EPhalanx splint
US52324362 Jul 19923 Aug 1993Janevski Peter KExtension block finger splint
US52344358 Mar 199110 Aug 1993Seagrave Jr Richard ASurgical method and apparatus
US52352387 Feb 199210 Aug 1993Dainabot Company, LimitedElectrode-separated piezoelectric crystal oscillator and method for measurement using the electrode-separated piezoelectric crystal oscillator
US523644514 May 199217 Aug 1993American Cyanamid CompanyExpandable bone anchor and method of anchoring a suture to a bone
US523646122 Mar 199117 Aug 1993Forte Mark RTotally posterior stabilized knee prosthesis
US52424476 Feb 19927 Sep 1993Howmedica Inc.Pin with tapered root diameter
US52464413 Sep 199121 Sep 1993Linvatec CorporationBioabsorbable tack for joining bodily tissue
US524989928 Oct 19925 Oct 1993Wilson Robert LHead bolt and driver therefore
US52580153 May 19912 Nov 1993American Cyanamid CompanyLocking filament caps
US525801614 Feb 19922 Nov 1993American Cyanamid CompanySuture anchor and driver assembly
US525804028 Feb 19912 Nov 1993W. L. Gore & AssociatesProsthesis for tensile load-carrying tissue and method of manufacture
US526800125 Sep 19917 Dec 1993Innovasive Devices, Inc.Bone fastener
US526916029 Jun 199214 Dec 1993Whirlpool CorporationSelf-centering drive system for an automatic washer
US526978313 May 199114 Dec 1993United States Surgical CorporationDevice and method for repairing torn tissue
US52698095 Apr 199114 Dec 1993American Cyanamid CompanyLocking mechanism for use with a slotted suture anchor
US528142224 Sep 199125 Jan 1994Purdue Research FoundationGraft for promoting autogenous tissue growth
US528280916 Nov 19921 Feb 1994Ethicon, Inc.Endoscopic suturing device
US52828329 Oct 19921 Feb 1994United States Surgical CorporationSuture clip
US52850401 Sep 19928 Feb 1994Golden Valley Microwave Foods Inc.Microwave susceptor with separate attenuator for heat control
US529021710 Oct 19911 Mar 1994Earl K. SipesMethod and apparatus for hernia repair
US530630111 Feb 199326 Apr 1994American Cyanamid CompanyGraft attachment device and method of using same
US531242216 Jul 199217 May 1994Linvatec CorporationEndoscopic suturing needle
US53124383 May 199317 May 1994Lanny L. JohnsonSuture anchor and method of use
US531857730 Sep 19917 Jun 1994Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Suture threading device
US531857817 Mar 19927 Jun 1994Harrith M. HassonApparatus for delivering a suture into a body cavity and method of using the apparatus
US532011516 Jan 199114 Jun 1994Applied Biological ConceptsMethod and apparatus for arthroscopic knee surgery
US532062619 Feb 199214 Jun 1994Arthrex Inc.Endoscopic drill guide
US532063310 Dec 199214 Jun 1994William C. AllenMethod and system for repairing a tear in the meniscus
US532430828 Oct 199328 Jun 1994Javin PierceSuture anchor
US53342043 Aug 19922 Aug 1994Ace Medical CompanyFixation screw
US53362299 Feb 19939 Aug 1994Laparomed CorporationDual ligating and dividing apparatus
US533623123 Nov 19929 Aug 1994Adair Edwin LloydParallel channel fixation, repair and ligation suture device
US53362403 Mar 19929 Aug 1994LiebscherkunststofftechnikBone-dowel assembly for anchoring a suture
US534236911 Sep 199230 Aug 1994The Board Of Regents Of The University Of WashingtonSystem for repair of bankart lesions
US534646221 Jan 199313 Sep 1994Lmb Hand Rehab Products, Inc.Adjustable tension finger or toe splint
US535429817 Feb 199311 Oct 1994United States Surgical CorporationSuture anchor installation system
US535641312 Mar 199318 Oct 1994Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Surgical anchor and method for deploying the same
US535851124 Nov 199225 Oct 1994Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Suture anchor
US536043126 Apr 19901 Nov 1994Cross Medical ProductsTranspedicular screw system and method of use
US536229425 Sep 19928 Nov 1994Seitzinger Michael RSling for positioning internal organ during laparoscopic surgery and method of use
US536440023 Jun 199315 Nov 1994American Cyanamid Co.Interference implant
US53685998 Oct 199229 Nov 1994United States Surgical CorporationSurgical fastening apparatus with suture array
US537066112 Jan 19936 Dec 1994Branch; Thomas P.Method and apparatus for re-approximating tissue
US537066223 Jun 19936 Dec 1994Kevin R. StoneSuture anchor assembly
US53721466 Nov 199013 Dec 1994Branch; Thomas P.Method and apparatus for re-approximating tissue
US537260418 Jun 199313 Dec 1994Linvatec CorporationSuture anchor for soft tissue fixation
US537282115 Dec 199313 Dec 1994Purdue Research FoundationGraft for promoting autogenous tissue growth
US537426821 Jan 199320 Dec 1994United States Surgical CorporationDevice and method for repairing torn tissue
US537949217 Aug 199310 Jan 1995Glesser; Louis S.Spring clip
US538387830 Aug 199124 Jan 1995Hip Developments Pty Ltd.Surgical screw
US538390413 Oct 199224 Jan 1995United States Surgical CorporationStiffened surgical device
US539117118 Feb 199321 Feb 1995Arthrex, Inc.Pin-locked cannulated screwdriver
US53911762 Jun 199321 Feb 1995General Surgical Innovations, Inc.Surgical instrument for tying a knot in a length of suture at a remote location
US539330211 Jun 199328 Feb 1995Clark; RonProcess for endosteal ligament mounting
US539735615 Jan 199314 Mar 1995Depuy Inc.Pin for securing a replacement ligament to a bone
US54033283 Feb 19934 Apr 1995United States Surgical CorporationSurgical apparatus and method for suturing body tissue
US540332921 Mar 19944 Apr 1995United States Surgical CorporationInstrument for closing trocar puncture wounds
US540334814 May 19934 Apr 1995Bonutti; Peter M.Suture anchor
US541769115 Apr 199323 May 1995Hayhurst; John O.Apparatus and method for manipulating and anchoring tissue
US541771217 Feb 199423 May 1995Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Bone anchor
US542381917 Aug 199213 Jun 1995American Cyanamid CompanyScrew and driver for securing a bone block
US542382318 Feb 199313 Jun 1995Arthrex Inc.Coring reamer
US542386028 May 199313 Jun 1995American Cyanamid CompanyProtective carrier for suture anchor
US54257334 Jun 199320 Jun 1995Arthrex, Inc.Interference screw with rounded back end and cannulated sheath for endosteal fixation of ligaments
US54257661 Feb 199320 Jun 1995Astra Tech AktiebolagResorbable prosthesis
US54337511 Apr 199318 Jul 1995InotebBone prosthesis material containing calcium carbonate particles dispersed in a bioresorbable polymer matrix
US54376806 Jan 19931 Aug 1995Yoon; InbaeSuturing method, apparatus and system for use in endoscopic procedures
US543968421 Jan 19948 Aug 1995Osteotech, Inc.Shaped, swollen demineralized bone and its use in bone repair
US54434684 Feb 199422 Aug 1995Johnson; Lanny L.Method for drilling a bore in bone using a compaction drill
US54434825 Dec 199422 Aug 1995Kevin R. StoneSuture anchor assembly
US544348320 Apr 199422 Aug 1995Axel KirschAppliance for accelerating the healing of a bone surgery site
US544350910 Dec 199222 Aug 1995Linvatec CorporationInterference bone-fixation screw with multiple interleaved threads
US544583315 Dec 199329 Aug 1995Purdue Research FoundationTendon or ligament graft for promoting autogenous tissue growth
US54475122 Nov 19935 Sep 1995Boston Scientific CorporationController for intracorporeal knot tying apparatus
US545120329 Jul 199419 Sep 1995Orthopedic Systems, Inc.Traction mechanism
US54548118 Nov 19933 Oct 1995Smith & Nephew Dyonics, Inc.Cam lock orthopedic fixation screw and method
US545668514 Feb 199410 Oct 1995Smith & Nephew Dyonics, Inc.Interference screw having a tapered back root
US545672230 Jul 199310 Oct 1995Smith & Nephew Richards Inc.Load bearing polymeric cable
US545860128 Mar 199417 Oct 1995Medical University Of South CarolinaAdjustable ligament anchor
US545860425 Jul 199417 Oct 1995Arthrex, Inc.Pin-locked cannulated screwdriver
US54625608 Oct 199331 Oct 1995Tahoe Surgical InstrumentsDouble needle ligature device
US54644267 Mar 19947 Nov 1995Bonutti; Peter M.Method of closing discontinuity in tissue
US54644274 Oct 19947 Nov 1995Synthes (U.S.A.)Expanding suture anchor
US546444013 Nov 19927 Nov 1995Lucocer AktiebolagPorous implant with two sets of pores
US546623719 Nov 199314 Nov 1995Cross Medical Products, Inc.Variable locking stabilizer anchor seat and screw
US546778616 May 199421 Nov 1995William C. AllenMethod for repairing tears and incisions in soft tissue
US547033422 Jun 199228 Nov 1995Linvatec CorporationBioabsorbable interference bone fixation screw
US547033716 Aug 199428 Nov 1995Moss; GeraldSurgical fastener
US54703388 Oct 199328 Nov 1995United States Surgical CorporationInstrument for closing trocar puncture wounds
US547245230 Aug 19945 Dec 1995Linvatec CorporationRectilinear anchor for soft tissue fixation
US547456512 Nov 199312 Dec 1995Linvatec CorporationEndoscopic suturing needle
US547456824 Nov 199312 Dec 1995United States Surgical CorporationInstrument for closing trocar puncture wounds
US54745723 Mar 199412 Dec 1995Hayhurst; John O.Clip for suture
US547834419 Aug 199426 Dec 1995United States Surgical CorporationSurgical suturing apparatus with loading mechanism
US547834519 Aug 199426 Dec 1995United States Surgical CorporationMechanism for endoscopic suturing device
US548040328 Oct 19942 Jan 1996United States Surgical CorporationSuture anchoring device and method
US54804067 Oct 19942 Jan 1996United States Surgical CorporationMethod of employing surgical suturing apparatus to tie knots
US548444211 May 199216 Jan 1996Cook IncorporatedIntraosseous needle
US548619724 Mar 199423 Jan 1996Ethicon, Inc.Two-piece suture anchor with barbs
US54907509 Jun 199413 Feb 1996Gundy; William P.Anchoring device for a threaded member
US549633127 Jul 19945 Mar 1996Terumo Kabushiki KaishaKnot-forming instrument and method of forming knots
US549634819 May 19955 Mar 1996Bonutti; Peter M.Suture anchor
US55000001 Jul 199319 Mar 1996United States Surgical CorporationSoft tissue repair system and method
US55057368 Sep 19959 Apr 1996American Cyanamid CompanySurgical fastener with selectively coated ridges
US550775420 Aug 199316 Apr 1996United States Surgical CorporationApparatus and method for applying and adjusting an anchoring device
US552069113 Dec 199428 May 1996Branch; Thomas P.Method and apparatus for re-approximating tissue
US552070224 Feb 199428 May 1996United States Surgical CorporationMethod and apparatus for applying a cinch member to the ends of a suture
US552281724 Feb 19944 Jun 1996United States Surgical CorporationAbsorbable surgical fastener with bone penetrating elements
US55228209 Nov 19944 Jun 1996ArthrotechMethod and apparatus for suturing tissue
US552284422 Jun 19934 Jun 1996Johnson; Lanny L.Suture anchor, suture anchor installation device and method for attaching a suture to a bone
US552284527 Sep 19944 Jun 1996Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Bone anchor and bone anchor installation
US552284610 Mar 19954 Jun 1996Bonutti; Peter M.Suture anchor
US552494618 Jul 199411 Jun 1996Thompson; Andy L.Irrigation pipe tools
US552732114 Jul 199318 Jun 1996United States Surgical CorporationInstrument for closing trocar puncture wounds
US552734214 Dec 199318 Jun 1996Pietrzak; William S.Method and apparatus for securing soft tissues, tendons and ligaments to bone
US552734323 Nov 199418 Jun 1996Bonutti; Peter M.Suture anchor
US553401226 May 19959 Jul 1996Bonutti; Peter M.Method and apparatus for anchoring a suture
US554071820 Sep 199330 Jul 1996Bartlett; Edwin C.Apparatus and method for anchoring sutures
US554517821 Oct 199413 Aug 1996Kensey Nash CorporationSystem for closing a percutaneous puncture formed by a trocar to prevent tissue at the puncture from herniating
US554522811 Feb 199313 Aug 1996Smith & Nephew Richards Inc.Offset bone bolt
US554961315 Sep 199327 Aug 1996Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Modular surgical drill
US554961721 Feb 199527 Aug 1996United States Surgical CorporationApparatus and method for applying and adjusting an anchoring device
US554963017 Aug 199427 Aug 1996Bonutti; Peter M.Method and apparatus for anchoring a suture
US554963122 May 199527 Aug 1996Bonutti; Peter M.Method of closing discontinuity in tissue
US556268328 Apr 19948 Oct 1996Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Surgical repair kit and its method of use
US556268516 Sep 19948 Oct 1996General Surgical Innovations, Inc.Surgical instrument for placing suture or fasteners
US556268619 Apr 19958 Oct 1996United States Surgical CorporationApparaus and method for suturing body tissue
US556930526 May 199529 Oct 1996Bonutti; Peter M.Apparatus for anchoring a suture
US55710907 Oct 19945 Nov 1996United States Surgical CorporationVascular suturing apparatus
US557113919 May 19955 Nov 1996Jenkins, Jr.; Joseph R.Bidirectional suture anchor
US557265527 Jan 19955 Nov 1996Lsi Logic CorporationHigh-performance integrated bit-mapped graphics controller
US557328615 Mar 199512 Nov 1996Rogozinski; ChaimKnot
US55735489 Jun 199412 Nov 1996Zimmer, Inc.Suture anchor
US557805728 Jul 199326 Nov 1996Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Anchoring device installation tool assembly and method
US55846957 Mar 199417 Dec 1996Memory Medical Systems, Inc.Bone anchoring apparatus and method
US55848358 Sep 199417 Dec 1996Greenfield; Jon B.Soft tissue to bone fixation device and method
US55848365 Mar 199617 Dec 1996Smith & Nephew Richards, Inc.Cannulated medical suture anchor
US558486226 May 199517 Dec 1996Bonutti; Peter M.Method and apparatus for anchoring a suture
US558698623 Feb 199524 Dec 1996United States Surgical CorporationInstrument for closing trocar puncture wounds
US558857513 Sep 199431 Dec 1996Avery Dennison CorporationNeedle for use in the rodless dispensing of plastic fasteners
US559118019 Apr 19957 Jan 1997United States Surgical CorporationSurgical suturing apparatus
US559118111 Dec 19957 Jan 1997United States Surgical CorporationSurgical suturing apparatus with loading mechanism
US559120730 Mar 19957 Jan 1997Linvatec CorporationDriving system for inserting threaded suture anchors
US559340726 Oct 199214 Jan 1997Reis; Nicolas D.Internal ilio-lumbar fixator
US559342530 May 199514 Jan 1997Peter M. BonuttiSurgical devices assembled using heat bonable materials
US560155712 Jun 199111 Feb 1997Hayhurst; John O.Anchoring and manipulating tissue
US56015594 Feb 199411 Feb 1997Cook IncorporatedIntraosseous needle
US560157122 May 199511 Feb 1997Moss; GeraldSurgical fastener implantation device
US560371616 Feb 199518 Feb 1997Arthrex Inc.Method of ligament reconstruction using double socket graft placement and fixation
US56074298 Aug 19944 Mar 1997Kijuro HayanoWire fastening tool
US561829024 Jan 19958 Apr 1997W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.Endoscopic suture passer and method
US562875629 Jul 199613 May 1997Smith & Nephew Richards Inc.Knotted cable attachment apparatus formed of braided polymeric fibers
US562876629 Jun 199513 May 1997Johnson; Lanny L.Method of using a mini-screw to anchor a suture
US56308241 Jun 199420 May 1997Innovasive Devices, Inc.Suture attachment device
US563274822 Dec 199427 May 1997Linvatec CorporationEndosteal anchoring device for urging a ligament against a bone surface
US564125614 Sep 199524 Jun 1997Npc, Inc.Anchoring device for a threaded member
US56432665 Jun 19951 Jul 1997Li Medical Technologies, Inc.Method and apparatus for securing ligaments
US564326916 Sep 19941 Jul 1997Haerle; AntonExternally threaded bodies for use as taps or screws
US564332013 Mar 19951 Jul 1997Depuy Inc.Soft tissue anchor and method
US56433217 Dec 19951 Jul 1997Innovasive DevicesSuture anchor assembly and methods
US56455463 Apr 19958 Jul 1997Microaire Surgical InstrumentsBone screw and screw driver blade system for oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures
US564554720 Apr 19948 Jul 1997Linvatec CorporationRevisable interference screw
US564556820 Nov 19958 Jul 1997Medicinelodge, Inc.Expandable body suture
US564558810 Oct 19958 Jul 1997Acufex Microsurgical, Inc.Graft attachment device
US56478747 Jun 199515 Jul 1997John O. HayhurstAnchoring and manipulating tissue
US564996310 Nov 199422 Jul 1997Innovasive Devices, Inc.Suture anchor assembly and methods
US56582892 Nov 199519 Aug 1997Linvatec CorporationLigament graft protection apparatus and method
US565829920 Jul 199519 Aug 1997Applied Medical ResourcesSurgical ligating device and method for using same
US565831315 Jul 199619 Aug 1997Thal; RaymondKnotless suture anchor assembly
US566265819 Jan 19962 Sep 1997Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Bone anchor inserter, method for loading same, method for holding and delivering a bone anchor, and method for inserting a bone anchor in a bone
US566266323 Feb 19952 Sep 1997United States Surgical CorporationSurgical suture instrument
US566511215 Jul 19969 Sep 1997Thal; RaymondKnotless suture anchor assembly
US56675137 Jun 199516 Sep 1997Smith & Nephew Dyonics Inc.Soft tissue anchor delivery apparatus
US567169528 Jul 199430 Sep 1997Depuy Inc.Replacement ligament graft passer and method
US567422418 Nov 19947 Oct 1997Howell; Stephen M.Bone mulch screw assembly for endosteal fixation of soft tissue grafts and method for using same
US567972319 Sep 199621 Oct 1997Ethicon, Inc.Hard tissue bone cements and substitutes
US56813526 Mar 199628 Oct 1997Kinetikos Medical IncorporatedMethod and apparatus for anchoring surgical ties to bone
US568341915 Jul 19964 Nov 1997Thal; RaymondKnotless suture anchor assembly
US568828521 Dec 199518 Nov 1997Yamada; IkufumiGraft bone fixation tool
US56906761 Aug 199525 Nov 1997Smith & Nephew, Inc.Suture anchor and drive assembly
US569067830 Apr 199625 Nov 1997Johnson; Lanny L.Arrangement for anchoring suture to bone
US569549729 Mar 19959 Dec 1997Stahelin; Andreas C.Screw made of biodegradable material for bone surgery purposes, and screwdriver suitable therefor
US569792918 Oct 199516 Dec 1997Cross Medical Products, Inc.Self-limiting set screw for use with spinal implant systems
US5699657 *23 May 199623 Dec 1997Paulson; William ThomasBraided line splices and methods of splicing to form same
US570239720 Feb 199630 Dec 1997Medicinelodge, Inc.Ligament bone anchor and method for its use
US57024226 Dec 199530 Dec 1997Stone; Kevin R.Anterior cruciate ligament repair method
US570246224 Jan 199630 Dec 1997Oberlander; MichaelMethod of meniscal repair
US570737326 Apr 199613 Jan 1998Ikonos CorporationBone fastener and instrument for insertion thereof
US571300510 Feb 199527 Jan 1998Townsend And Townsend And Crew LlpMethod and apparatus for pipelining data in an integrated circuit
US571390412 Feb 19973 Feb 1998Third Millennium Engineering, LlcSelectively expandable sacral fixation screw-sleeve device
US571390527 Aug 19963 Feb 1998Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Modular drill and method for using the same
US571392129 Mar 19963 Feb 1998Bonutti; Peter M.Suture anchor
US571635929 May 199610 Feb 1998Asahi Kogaku Kogyo Kabushiki KaishaAnchor and method for fixing a screw in bone
US571871719 Aug 199617 Feb 1998Bonutti; Peter M.Suture anchor
US57207651 Nov 199524 Feb 1998Thal; RaymondKnotless suture anchor assembly
US572076623 Feb 199524 Feb 1998Orthopaedic Biosystems Limited, Inc.Apparatus for attaching soft tissue to bone
US572554912 Sep 199610 Mar 1998Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.Coiled stent with locking ends
US572555615 Dec 199510 Mar 1998M & R Medical, Inc.Suture locking apparatus
US572558127 Nov 199610 Mar 1998Medevelop AbAnchoring element supporting prostheses or a joint mechanism for a reconstructed joint
US572672222 Jul 199610 Mar 1998Canon Kabushiki KaishaLight source for display device
US57281076 Mar 199717 Mar 1998United States Surgical CorporationSurgical suturing apparatus with loading mechanism
US57281098 Apr 199717 Mar 1998Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.Surgical knot and method for its formation
US572813615 Jul 199617 Mar 1998Thal; RaymondKnotless suture anchor assembly
US57332938 May 199631 Mar 1998United States Surgical CorporationDisposable loading unit for a vascular suturing instrument
US573330621 Jun 199631 Mar 1998Bonutti; Peter M.Method and apparatus for anchoring a suture
US573330717 Sep 199631 Mar 1998Amei Technologies, Inc.Bone anchor having a suture trough
US573587513 Jan 19977 Apr 1998Peter M. BonuttiSurgical devices assembled using heat bondable materials
US574125922 Feb 199621 Apr 1998Chan; Kwan-HoSurgical fastener device for use in bone fracture fixation
US57412817 May 199621 Apr 1998Smith & Nephew, Inc.Suture securing apparatus
US574391214 Aug 199628 Apr 1998BiomatUpper femoral epiphysis osteosynthesis implant
US57467516 Jun 19955 May 1998United States Surgical CorporationVascular suturing apparatus
US57467527 Nov 19965 May 1998Arthrex, Inc.Double-diameter knot pusher
US57467548 Oct 19965 May 1998Chan; Kwan-HoMethod of using a surgical repair kit
US57498988 Apr 199712 May 1998Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.Suture cartridge assembly for a surgical knot
US575572918 Dec 199526 May 1998General Surgical Innovations, Inc.Magazine for loading a needle and a length of suture onto a surgical instrument
US576617611 Sep 199616 Jun 1998Walter Lorenz Surgical, Inc.Formable mesh
US576625028 Oct 199616 Jun 1998Medicinelodge, Inc.Ligament fixator for a ligament anchor system
US57698945 Feb 199723 Jun 1998Smith & Nephew, Inc.Graft attachment device and method of attachment
US576989915 Aug 199623 Jun 1998Matrix Biotechnologies, Inc.Cartilage repair unit
US57726737 Mar 199630 Jun 1998United States Surgical CorporationApparatus for applying surgical clips
US57761965 Mar 19967 Jul 1998Asahi Kogaku Kogyo Kabushiki KaishaProsthesis for spanning a space formed upon removal of an intervertebral disk
US57828621 Jul 199621 Jul 1998Bonutti; Peter M.Suture anchor inserter assembly and method
US57828643 Apr 199721 Jul 1998Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Knotless suture system and method
US578286625 Mar 199721 Jul 1998Ethicon, Inc.System for anchoring tissue to bone
US578571418 Feb 199728 Jul 1998Arthrex, Inc.Method of ACL reconstruction using double socket graft placement and fixation
US579214216 Feb 199611 Aug 1998Howmedica, Inc.Cutting tip
US57921493 Oct 199611 Aug 1998United States Surgical CorporationClamp applicator
US579612721 Aug 199718 Aug 1998Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki KaishaHigh electron mobility transistor
US579792829 Dec 199525 Aug 1998Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.Ligating apparatus
US580040721 Dec 19951 Sep 1998Eldor; JosephMultiple hole epidural catheter
US581082413 Feb 199722 Sep 1998Chan; Kwan-HoSurgical fastener assembly and method for bone fracture fixation
US581084821 Aug 199622 Sep 1998Hayhurst; John O.Suturing system
US581406925 Jun 199729 Sep 1998Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.Load assist device for a suture cartridge
US581407020 Feb 199629 Sep 1998Howmedica Inc.Suture anchor and driver
US581407215 Nov 199629 Sep 1998Bonutti; Peter M.Method and apparatus for use in anchoring a suture
US581407313 Dec 199629 Sep 1998Bonutti; Peter M.Method and apparatus for positioning a suture anchor
US582398020 Sep 199620 Oct 1998Kopfer; Rudolph J.Collapsible tactile support for body joints
US582401118 Jun 199620 Oct 1998Kevin R. StoneSuture anchor assembly
US584308417 Nov 19951 Dec 1998Innovasive Devices, Inc.Surgical fastening system and method for using the same
US584564531 Mar 19978 Dec 1998Bonutti; Peter M.Method of anchoring a suture
US58462549 Oct 19978 Dec 1998Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.Surgical instrument for forming a knot
US58489838 May 199715 Dec 1998Smith & Nephew, Inc.Joint flexion and extension and extension splints
US586097330 Oct 199619 Jan 1999Michelson; Gary KarlinTranslateral spinal implant
US586874024 Mar 19959 Feb 1999Board Of Regents-Univ Of NebraskaMethod for volumetric tissue ablation
US58687893 Feb 19979 Feb 1999Huebner; Randall J.Removable suture anchor apparatus
US58714849 Nov 199516 Feb 1999General OrthopedicsApparatus and method for administering a biologically active substance to a bone
US587148610 Jan 199716 Feb 1999Acumed, Inc.Variable pitch bone screw
US587149025 Jun 199716 Feb 1999Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.Suture cartridge assembly for a surgical knot
US588529422 Sep 199723 Mar 1999Ethicon, Inc.Apparatus and method for anchoring a cord-like element to a workpiece
US58911681 Oct 19976 Apr 1999Thal; RaymondProcess for attaching tissue to bone using a captured-loop knotless suture anchor assembly
US58935928 Apr 199713 Apr 1999Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.Partially tied surgical knot
US589539517 Jul 199720 Apr 1999Yeung; Teresa T.Partial to full thickness suture device & method for endoscopic surgeries
US58975649 Oct 199727 Apr 1999Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.Endoscopic instrument assembly for fastening tissue
US58975747 Jul 199827 Apr 1999Bonutti; Peter M.Suture anchor inserter assembly and method
US58999023 Jul 19974 May 1999Depuy Motech Acromed CorporationFastener
US589993827 Nov 19964 May 1999Joseph H. SklarGraft ligament anchor and method for attaching a graft ligament to a bone
US590842111 Jul 19971 Jun 1999Aesculap Ag & Co. KgSurgical device for fixing bone elements
US590843628 May 19971 Jun 1999Karl Storz Gmbh & Co.VuMedical handling device in particular for endoscopic applications
US59101486 Aug 19978 Jun 1999Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Suture retrograder
US591172110 Mar 199715 Jun 1999Innovasive Devices, Inc.Bone fastener
US591860429 Jan 19986 Jul 1999Arthrex, Inc.Method of loading tendons into the knee
US59219866 Feb 199813 Jul 1999Bonutti; Peter M.Bone suture
US59250088 Sep 199720 Jul 1999Douglas; John C.Apparatus and method for splinting an appendage
US59282675 Feb 199827 Jul 1999Peter M. BonuttiInterconnecting bone across a fracture
US593183828 Jan 19983 Aug 1999Vito; Raymond P.Fixation assembly for orthopedic applications
US593184431 Mar 19983 Aug 1999Smith & Nephew, Inc.Surgical drive tool
US593186923 Jul 19973 Aug 1999Arthrotek, Inc.Apparatus and method for tibial fixation of soft tissue
US593514921 Aug 199710 Aug 1999Smith & Nephew Inc.Suturing tissue
US59386684 Oct 199617 Aug 1999United States SurgicalSurgical suturing apparatus
US594143914 May 199724 Aug 1999Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Applicator and method for deploying a surgical fastener in tissue
US594190012 Sep 199724 Aug 1999Bonutti; Peter M.Method and apparatus for anchoring a suture
US594473912 Mar 199831 Aug 1999Surgical Dynamics, Inc.Suture anchor installation system
US59467837 May 19987 Sep 1999Sms Schloemann-Siemag AktiengesellschaftHigh-capacity wire rolling mill
US594791514 Mar 19977 Sep 1999Thibodo, Jr.; CalvinSplint system for one digit of the hand
US59479822 Apr 19977 Sep 1999Smith & Nephew, Inc.Suture-passing forceps
US594800211 Feb 19987 Sep 1999Bonutti; Peter M.Apparatus and method for use in positioning a suture anchor
US595155911 Jul 199714 Sep 1999Arthrex, Inc.Method for installing a threaded suture anchor with a cannulated suture anchor drill guide
US595156025 Feb 199914 Sep 1999Applied Biological Concepts, Inc.Wedge orthopedic screw
US595474720 Nov 199721 Sep 1999Clark; RonMeniscus repair anchor system
US595795316 Feb 199628 Sep 1999Smith & Nephew, Inc.Expandable suture anchor
US596152113 Feb 19985 Oct 1999Smith & Nephew, Inc.Surgical screw and washer
US596152411 Mar 19985 Oct 1999Stryker Technologies CorporationScrew and method of attachment to a substrate
US596476424 Mar 199812 Oct 1999Hugh S. West, Jr.Apparatus and methods for mounting a ligament graft to a bone
US596476712 Sep 199712 Oct 1999Tapia; Eduardo ArmandoHollow sealable device for temporary or permanent surgical placement through a bone to provide a passageway into a cavity or internal anatomic site in a mammal
US596478326 Oct 199812 Oct 1999Arthrex, Inc.Suture anchor with insert-molded suture
US596804514 Oct 199719 Oct 1999Frazier; John K.Intra-articular tendon sling fixation screw
US59680476 Jul 199819 Oct 1999Reed; Thomas MillsFixation devices
US597612529 Aug 19962 Nov 1999The Cleveland Clinic FoundationExternal distractor/fixator for the management of fractures and dislocations of interphalangeal joints
US597612714 Jan 19982 Nov 1999Lax; RonaldSoft tissue fixation devices
US59805242 Jun 19979 Nov 1999Innovasive Devices, Inc.Device for repairing a meniscal tear in a knee and method
US598055830 Sep 19979 Nov 1999Biomet Inc.Suture anchor system
US59805594 Nov 19979 Nov 1999Bonutti; Peter M.Suture anchor
US5989252 *2 Mar 199823 Nov 1999Fumex; LaurentSurgical device for anchoring in bone, and ancillary for inserting it
US598925619 Jan 199923 Nov 1999Spineology, Inc.Bone fixation cable ferrule
US598928215 Sep 199723 Nov 1999Bonutti; Peter M.Suture anchor
US599345224 Aug 199830 Nov 1999Biomet Inc.Cerclage system
US599754218 Nov 19977 Dec 1999Biomet, Inc.Surgical wire assembly and method of use
US599755220 Oct 19957 Dec 1999United States Surgical CorporationMeniscal fastener applying device
US600110019 Aug 199714 Dec 1999Bionx Implants OyBone block fixation implant
US60075671 Mar 199928 Dec 1999Bonutti; Peter M.Suture anchor
US60105251 Aug 19974 Jan 2000Peter M. BonuttiMethod and apparatus for securing a suture
US601672721 Dec 199825 Jan 2000Sofamor Danek Properties, Inc.Recess drive bone screw and cooperable driving tool
US602235213 Jan 19988 Feb 2000Biomet, Inc.Bone fixation screw system
US60223733 Apr 19988 Feb 2000Li Medical Technologies, Inc.Surgical anchor and package and cartridge for surgical anchor
US602475823 Feb 199815 Feb 2000Thal; RaymondTwo-part captured-loop knotless suture anchor assembly
US602752311 Aug 199822 Feb 2000Arthrex, Inc.Suture anchor with attached disk
US603343030 Jun 19997 Mar 2000Bonutti; Peter M.Apparatus and method for use in positioning a suture anchor
US603975316 Jul 199821 Mar 2000Meislin; RobertSingle unit surgical fastener and method
US604260118 Mar 199828 Mar 2000United States Surgical CorporationApparatus for vascular hole closure
US604555129 Jul 19994 Apr 2000Bonutti; Peter M.Bone suture
US60455711 Jun 19994 Apr 2000Ethicon, Inc.Multifilament surgical cord
US604557321 Jan 19994 Apr 2000Ethicon, Inc.Suture anchor having multiple sutures
US60455741 Apr 19994 Apr 2000Thal; RaymondSleeve and loop knotless suture anchor assembly
US604782618 Mar 199811 Apr 2000Ethicon, Inc.Package tray for meniscal needle
US60483432 Jun 199911 Apr 2000Mathis; John M.Bone screw system
US605100612 Apr 199918 Apr 2000Smith & Nephew, Inc.Suture-passing forceps
US605391617 Feb 199925 Apr 2000Moore; Michael R.Sacroiliac implant
US605675223 Oct 19982 May 2000Smith & Nephew, Inc.Fixation of cruciate ligament grafts
US605677226 May 19982 May 2000Bonutti; Peter M.Method and apparatus for positioning a suture anchor
US60567737 May 19992 May 2000Bonutti; Peter M.Apparatus for anchoring a suture
US605981712 Mar 19999 May 2000Peter M. BonuttiSurgical devices assembled using heat bondable materials
US606234423 Feb 199916 May 2000Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki KaishaElevator system
US606864826 Jan 199830 May 2000Orthodyne, Inc.Tissue anchoring system and method
US607440326 Oct 199813 Jun 2000Arthrex, Inc.Suture retriever
US60772775 Apr 199920 Jun 2000Starion Instruments, Inc.Suture welding device
US607729226 Jul 199920 Jun 2000Bonutti; Peter M.Method and apparatus for anchoring a suture
US608659129 Jan 199911 Jul 2000Smith & Nephew, Inc.Soft tissue anchor
US60865927 Jan 199811 Jul 2000Smith & Nephew, Inc.Tissue graft impingement device
US608660814 Jan 199711 Jul 2000Smith & Nephew, Inc.Suture collet
US609606020 May 19991 Aug 2000Linvatec CorporationBioabsorbable threaded soft tissue anchor system
US60995309 Apr 19988 Aug 2000Smith & Nephew, Inc.Soft-tissue intra-tunnel fixation device
US60995683 Mar 19988 Aug 2000Linvatec CorporationACL graft fixation device and method
US610654516 Apr 199822 Aug 2000Axya Medical, Inc.Suture tensioning and fixation device
US611012811 Dec 199829 Aug 2000Andelin; John B.Bone marrow biopsy needle and method for using the same
US61171601 Jun 199912 Sep 2000Bonutti; Peter M.Bone suture
US611716220 Oct 199712 Sep 2000Arthrex, Inc.Corkscrew suture anchor
US612371011 Apr 199626 Sep 2000Smith & Nephew, Inc.Process and article for knee reconstruction
US61324332 Jul 199917 Oct 2000Arthrex, Inc.Apparatus of loading tendons into the knee
US613243714 Jul 199917 Oct 2000Omurtag; AhmetMethod and stereotactic apparatus for locating intracranial targets guiding surgical instruments
US613956519 Oct 199831 Oct 2000Kevin R. StoneSuture anchor assembly
US614301717 Mar 19997 Nov 2000Thal; RaymondFree loop knotless suture anchor assembly
US614640612 Feb 199814 Nov 2000Smith & Nephew, Inc.Bone anchor
US61464089 Mar 199914 Nov 2000Bartlett; Edwin C.Apparatus and method for anchoring sutures
US61496534 Sep 199821 Nov 2000Deslauriers; Richard J.Self-retaining anchor track and method of making and using same
US614966930 Oct 199721 Nov 2000Li Medical Technologies, Inc.Surgical fastener assembly method of use
US61529282 Mar 199928 Nov 2000Ethicon, Inc.Ligament fixation device and method
US615293414 Jun 199928 Nov 2000Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.Surgical knot tying instrument
US61529362 Feb 199928 Nov 2000Esd Medical, LlcSurgical loop delivery device
US615294920 Aug 199928 Nov 2000Bonutti; Peter M.Method for securing tissue with anchor
US61560396 Aug 19995 Dec 2000Thal; RaymondSnagging knotless suture anchor assembly
US61560567 Dec 19985 Dec 2000Ethicon, Inc.Suture buttress
US61592347 Jul 199912 Dec 2000Peter M. BonuttiMethod and apparatus for securing a suture
US616520310 Jun 199926 Dec 2000Bio Innovation, Ltd.Suture anchor installation devices and methods
US61685982 Jun 19982 Jan 2001Jeannette MartelloSoft tissue securing anchor
US616862818 Jan 20002 Jan 2001Acumed, Inc.Shoulder Prosthesis
US6179840 *23 Jul 199930 Jan 2001Ethicon, Inc.Graft fixation device and method
US61870259 Sep 199913 Feb 2001Noble-Met, Ltd.Vascular filter
US61904012 Jul 199720 Feb 2001United States Surgical CorporationDevice for applying a meniscal staple
US61904111 Apr 199720 Feb 2001Kokbing LoFixing element and ligament fixed with fixing element
US619375426 Sep 199727 Feb 2001Neoligaments LimitedAttachment device for use in the implantation of prosthetic ligament
US620032931 Aug 199813 Mar 2001Smith & Nephew, Inc.Suture collet
US620033023 Nov 199813 Mar 2001Theodore V. BenderevSystems for securing sutures, grafts and soft tissue to bone and periosteum
US620356527 Jul 199920 Mar 2001Peter M. BonuttiSurgical devices assembled using heat bondable materials
US62035729 Feb 199920 Mar 2001Linvatec CorporationDevice and method for ligament reconstruction
US62068835 Mar 199927 Mar 2001Stryker Technologies CorporationBioabsorbable materials and medical devices made therefrom
US62103768 Apr 19993 Apr 2001New York UniversityCannulated delivery pin
US621401213 Nov 199810 Apr 2001Harrington Arthritis Research CenterMethod and apparatus for delivering material to a desired location
US62211073 Aug 199824 Apr 2001Mark E. SteinerLigament fixation device and method
US622809631 Mar 19998 May 2001Sam R. MarchandInstrument and method for manipulating an operating member coupled to suture material while maintaining tension on the suture material
US623159228 Oct 199915 May 2001Peter M. BonuttiMethod and apparatus for securing a suture
US623505719 Feb 199722 May 2001Smith & Nephew, Inc.Method for soft tissue reconstruction
US623839522 Mar 200029 May 2001Peter M. BonuttiMethod of treating a fractured bone
US624173414 Aug 19985 Jun 2001Kyphon, Inc.Systems and methods for placing materials into bone
US624174718 Oct 19945 Jun 2001Quill Medical, Inc.Barbed Bodily tissue connector
US624177110 Aug 19985 Jun 2001Cambridge Scientific, Inc.Resorbable interbody spinal fusion devices
US624508110 Jul 199812 Jun 2001Steven M. BowmanSuture buttress
US625809130 May 199710 Jul 2001Walter Lorenz Surgical Inc.Bone fastener and instrument for insertion thereof
US626776628 May 199931 Jul 2001Stephen S. BurkhartSuture anchor reel device kit and method
US626971618 Nov 19987 Aug 2001Macropore, Inc.High-torque resorbable screws
US62705185 Oct 19997 Aug 2001Mitek Surgical Products, Inc.Wedge shaped suture anchor and method of implantation
US62738909 Apr 199914 Aug 2001John K FrazierIntra-articular tendon sling fixation screw
US628397327 Oct 19994 Sep 2001Depuy Orthopaedics, Inc.Strength fixation device
US628399617 Feb 19984 Sep 2001Medicine, Lodge, Inc.Adjustable length strap and footing for ligament mounting and method for its use
US628732511 May 200011 Sep 2001Peter M. BonuttiMethod and apparatus for anchoring a suture
US629396128 Feb 200125 Sep 2001Ethicon, Inc.Suture locking device
US629665929 Feb 20002 Oct 2001Opus Medical, Inc.Single-tailed suturing method and apparatus
US629961516 Aug 19999 Oct 2001Acumed, Inc.System for fusing joints
US630288819 Mar 199916 Oct 2001Interpore Cross InternationalLocking dovetail and self-limiting set screw assembly for a spinal stabilization member
US630615621 Sep 199923 Oct 2001Ron ClarkMeniscus repair anchor system
US630615917 Dec 199923 Oct 2001Depuy Orthopaedics, Inc.Meniscal repair device
US630940525 Jun 199930 Oct 2001Peter M. BonuttiSuture anchor
US63124487 Jan 20006 Nov 2001Peter M. BonuttiApparatus and method for use in positioning an anchor
US631927129 Dec 199920 Nov 2001Depuy Orthopaedics, Inc.Suture locking device
US632875821 Apr 199911 Dec 2001Tornier SaSuture anchor with reversible expansion
US634206020 Aug 199929 Jan 2002Brian D. AdamsTendon passing device and method
US634353125 Jun 20015 Feb 2002Macropore, Inc.High-torque resorbable screws
US636489722 Mar 20002 Apr 2002Peter M. BonuttiMethod and apparatus for positioning a suture anchor
US63683223 Apr 20009 Apr 2002Osteotech, Inc.Surgical bone screw
US636832628 Sep 19989 Apr 2002Daos LimitedInternal cord fixation device
US636834313 Mar 20009 Apr 2002Peter M. BonuttiMethod of using ultrasonic vibration to secure body tissue
US637112418 Sep 200016 Apr 2002Arthrex, Inc.Method of loading tendons into the knee
US637936116 Aug 199930 Apr 2002Charles L. Beck, Jr.Endosteal anchoring device for urging a ligament against a bone surface
US638319030 Sep 19997 May 2002Parallax Medical, Inc.High pressure applicator
US63831996 Oct 19987 May 2002Inlet Medical, Inc.Devices for investing within ligaments for retracting and reinforcing the same
US63871132 Feb 200014 May 2002Biomet, Inc.Method and apparatus for repairing a torn meniscus
US63871291 Mar 199914 May 2002Arthrex, Inc.Bicortical tibial fixation of ACL grafts
US639878513 Apr 19994 Jun 2002Joseph Edward CarchidiApparatus for rigidly fixing craniomaxillofacial tissue grafts and bone plates
US640647918 May 199918 Jun 2002Daniel F. JustinMethod for repairing a meniscal tear in a knee
US64097438 Jul 199925 Jun 2002Axya Medical, Inc.Devices and methods for securing sutures and ligatures without knots
US64132608 Feb 20002 Jul 2002Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.Bone connector system
US642308830 Jun 200023 Jul 2002Axya Medical, Inc.Sharp edged device for closing wounds without knots
US642856222 Jan 20016 Aug 2002Peter M. BonuttiApparatus and method for use in positioning an anchor
US643212318 Jun 200113 Aug 2002Ethicon, Inc.Suture locking device
US64361243 Dec 199720 Aug 2002Bionx Implants OySuture anchor
US644013431 Jul 200027 Aug 2002Giovanni ZaccherottiDevice for the femoral fixation of the semitendinosus and gracilis tendons for the reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee
US644013624 May 200027 Aug 2002Medtronic Ps Medical, Inc.Apparatus for attaching to bone
US64475169 Aug 199910 Sep 2002Peter M. BonuttiMethod of securing tissue
US645103024 May 200117 Sep 2002Li Medical Technologies, Inc.Rotor blade anchor and tool for installing same particularlly for arthroscopic installation
US64547685 Dec 200024 Sep 2002Roger P. JacksonRemovable gripping set screw
US645813423 Jun 20001 Oct 2002Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.Bone connector system with anti-rotational feature
US646137325 May 20018 Oct 2002Arthrex, Inc.Biointerference screw fixation technique
US646471313 Dec 200015 Oct 2002Peter M. BonuttiBody tissue fastening
US64682937 May 200122 Oct 2002Peter M. BonuttiMethod and apparatus for securing a suture
US647170711 May 200129 Oct 2002BiometBone screw having bioresorbable proximal shaft portion
US647523010 Mar 20005 Nov 2002Peter M. BonuttiMethod and apparatus for securing a suture
US648221012 Nov 199919 Nov 2002Orthopaedic Biosystems, Ltd., Inc.Soft tissue/ligament to bone fixation device with inserter
US648550422 Jun 200026 Nov 2002James A. MagovernHard or soft tissue closure
US64979012 Nov 200024 Dec 2002Royer Biomedical, Inc.Resorbable matrices for delivery of bioactive compounds
US650018431 Jan 200131 Dec 2002Yung C. ChanSuturing apparatus and method of suturing
US65001951 Jun 200131 Dec 2002Peter M. BonuttiMethod and apparatus for anchoring a suture
US650326715 Dec 20007 Jan 2003Peter M. BonuttiSurgical devices assembled using heat bondable materials
US65088202 Feb 200121 Jan 2003Joel Patrick BalesIntramedullary interlock screw
US650882128 Jan 200021 Jan 2003Depuy Orthopaedics, Inc.Soft tissue repair material fixation apparatus and method
US650883030 Apr 200121 Jan 2003Musculoskeletal Transplant FoundationSuture anchor
US6511498 *3 Feb 199928 Jan 2003Laurent FumexSurgical bone anchoring device
US65114993 Apr 200128 Jan 2003Arthrex, Inc.Corkscrew suture anchor
US65175423 Aug 200011 Feb 2003The Cleveland Clinic FoundationBone anchoring system
US65175529 Jun 200011 Feb 2003Arthrex, Inc.Suture retriever
US651757811 Dec 200011 Feb 2003Atlantech Medical Devices LimitedGraft suspension device
US65175796 Sep 200011 Feb 2003Lonnie E. PaulosMethod and apparatus for securing a soft tissue graft to bone during an ACL reconstruction
US65209641 May 200118 Feb 2003Std Manufacturing, Inc.System and method for joint resurface repair
US65209802 Nov 200018 Feb 2003Opus Medical, Inc.Method and apparatus for attaching connective tissues to bone using a self-locking knotless suture anchoring device
US652431730 Dec 199925 Feb 2003Opus Medical, Inc.Method and apparatus for attaching connective tissues to bone using a knotless suture anchoring device
US652777713 Mar 20014 Mar 2003Ethicon, Inc.Device for repairing a soft-tissue tear and method
US652779410 Aug 19994 Mar 2003Ethicon, Inc.Self-locking suture anchor
US652779518 Oct 20004 Mar 2003Ethicon, Inc.Knotless suture anchor system and method of use
US653379511 Apr 200018 Mar 2003Opus Medical, IncDual function suturing apparatus and method
US653380216 May 200118 Mar 2003Smith & Nephew, Inc.Endobutton continuous loop for bone-tendon-bone
US653731915 Apr 200225 Mar 2003Arthrex, Inc.Method of loading tendons into the knee
US65407503 Apr 20011 Apr 2003Stephen S. BurkhartSuture anchor reel device, kit and method
US654077021 Apr 19991 Apr 2003Tornier SaReversible fixation device for securing an implant in bone
US654428122 Jun 20018 Apr 2003Arthrex, Inc.Graft fixation using a screw or plug against suture or tissue
US654756414 Jul 199915 Apr 2003Astra AktiebolagBone implant having circumferentially oriented roughness
US65478006 Jun 200115 Apr 2003Opus Medical, Inc.Method and apparatus for attaching connective tissues to bone using a cortical bone anchoring device
US655133021 Sep 200022 Apr 2003Opus Medical, Inc.Linear suturing apparatus and methods
US655134314 Mar 200022 Apr 2003Bionx Implants, OyBioabsorbable surgical fastener for tissue treatment
US655380229 Nov 199929 Apr 2003Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst Gmbh & Co. KgElectronic key, especially for motor vehicles
US655483010 Apr 200029 Apr 2003Sdgi Holdings, Inc.Fenestrated surgical anchor and method
US6554852 *24 Aug 200029 Apr 2003Michael A. OberlanderMulti-anchor suture
US655486228 Sep 200129 Apr 2003Ethicon, Inc.Graft ligament anchor and method for attaching a graft ligament to a bone
US656207114 Jun 200113 May 2003Jaervinen TeppoFixation anchor
US656557220 Dec 200020 May 2003Sdgi Holdings, Inc.Fenestrated surgical screw and method
US656557316 Apr 200120 May 2003Smith & Nephew, Inc.Orthopedic screw and method of use
US65691865 Oct 200027 May 2003Biomet, Inc.Soft tissue screw and fixation device
US656918710 Oct 200027 May 2003Peter M. BonuttiMethod and apparatus for securing a suture
US657263531 Oct 20003 Jun 2003Bonutti 2003 Trust-ASuture anchor
US657592518 May 200010 Jun 2003Apothecary Products, Inc.Finger splint
US657929525 Sep 200017 Jun 2003Robert S. SupinskiTendon anchors
US658245314 Jul 200024 Jun 2003Opus Medical, Inc.Method and apparatus for attaching connective tissues to bone using a suture anchoring device
US658573030 Aug 20001 Jul 2003Opus Medical, Inc.Method and apparatus for attaching connective tissues to bone using a knotless suture anchoring device
US658574025 May 20011 Jul 2003Synthes (U.S.A.)Bone screw
US658575015 Feb 20021 Jul 2003Bonutti 2003 Trust-AMethod of using ultrasonic vibration to secure body tissue
US658924520 Oct 20008 Jul 2003Karl Storz Gmbh & Co. KgInterference screw
US658924626 Apr 20018 Jul 2003Poly-4 Medical, Inc.Method of applying an active compressive force continuously across a fracture
US65926093 May 200015 Jul 2003Bonutti 2003 Trust-AMethod and apparatus for securing tissue
US65959113 Apr 200122 Jul 2003Lovuolo MichaelMethod and device for anchor implantation and support of bodily structures
US659928910 Mar 200029 Jul 2003Smith & Nephew, Inc.Graft anchor
US660509620 Jul 200112 Aug 2003Opus Medical Inc,Percutaneous suturing apparatus and method
US660754817 May 200119 Aug 2003Inion Ltd.Resorbable polymer compositions
US661301820 Feb 20012 Sep 2003Vita Licensing, Inc.System and kit for delivery of restorative materials
US661669421 Nov 19979 Sep 2003Ethicon, Inc.Apparatus for anchoring autologous or artificial tendon grafts in bone
US66201669 Jan 199816 Sep 2003Ethicon, Inc.Suture buttress system
US662018527 Jun 200016 Sep 2003Smith & Nephew, Inc.Surgical procedures and instruments
US662019518 Apr 200116 Sep 2003Medicinelodge, Inc.Apparatus and method for attaching a graft ligament to a bone
US662032913 Dec 200116 Sep 2003Turf Sentry, Inc.Golf course irrigation water monitoring and treatment system
US662034913 Jul 200016 Sep 2003Richard A. LopezFire retardant compositions and methods for preserving wood products
US662349225 Jan 200023 Sep 2003Smith & Nephew, Inc.Tissue fastener
US66235248 Jun 200123 Sep 2003Arthrex, Inc.Method for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using cross-pin implant with eyelet
US662691021 Apr 200030 Sep 2003Charles HuguesDevice for anchoring a ligament to an osseous structure for ligamentoplasty
US662691921 Jul 199830 Sep 2003Lee L. SwanstromMethod and apparatus for attaching or locking an implant to an anatomic vessel or hollow organ wall
US662997715 Nov 20007 Oct 2003Arthrex, Inc.Tapered bioabsorbable interference screw and method for endosteal fixation of ligaments
US663507321 Feb 200121 Oct 2003Peter M. BonuttiMethod of securing body tissue
US663827916 Apr 200128 Oct 2003Bonutti 2003 Trust-AMethod of positioning body tissue relative to a bone
US664159618 Oct 20004 Nov 2003Ethicon, Inc.Knotless bioabsorbable suture anchor system and method
US664159724 May 20024 Nov 2003Arthrex, Inc.Interference fit knotless suture anchor fixation
US664522721 Nov 200111 Nov 2003Stryker EndoscopySuture anchor
US665256228 Dec 200125 Nov 2003Ethicon, Inc.Suture anchoring and tensioning device
US66525633 May 200225 Nov 2003Arthrex, Inc.Suture anchor with internal suture loop
US665618218 Apr 19952 Dec 2003John O. HayhurstTissue manipulation
US66561838 Nov 20012 Dec 2003Smith & Nephew, Inc.Tissue repair system
US665818224 May 20002 Dec 2003Itf Technologies Optiques Inc.Temperature stabilization of tapered fiber optic components
US66600087 Jun 20019 Dec 2003Opus Medical, Inc.Method and apparatus for attaching connective tissues to bone using a suture anchoring device
US666002226 May 20009 Dec 2003Smith & Nephew, Inc.Rotor blade anchor and tool for installing same
US66636343 Aug 200116 Dec 2003Synthes (U.S.A.)Bone screw
US666365610 Sep 200116 Dec 2003Arthrex, Inc.Torque driver for interference screw
US66668682 Mar 200123 Dec 2003Medicinelodge, Inc.Two-part orthopedic fastener
US668254929 Aug 200127 Jan 2004Edwin C. BartlettSuture anchor and associated method of implantation
US668572825 Jan 20023 Feb 2004Stryker EndoscopyThreaded suture anchor and method of use
US668913715 Oct 200110 Feb 2004Gary Jack ReedOrthopedic fastener and method
US668915429 Aug 200110 Feb 2004Edwin C. BartlettSuture anchor and associated method of implantation
US66924992 Jul 199717 Feb 2004Linvatec Biomaterials OySurgical fastener for tissue treatment
US671284916 Apr 200230 Mar 2004Scandius Biomedical, Inc.Apparatus and method for reconstructing a ligament
US671622422 Aug 20016 Apr 2004Linvatec CorporationIntracorporeal knot tier
US67169578 Jan 20016 Apr 2004Stryker Technologies CorporationBioabsorbable materials and medical devices made therefrom
US67300923 Dec 20014 May 2004Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.System and method for bone fixation
US673012423 Oct 20024 May 2004Musculoskeletal Transplant FoundationBone-tendon-bone assembly with cancellous allograft bone block
US673679924 Aug 200118 May 2004Vita Licensing, Inc.Delivery device for biological composites and method of preparation thereof
US674648316 Mar 20008 Jun 2004Smith & Nephew, Inc.Sheaths for implantable fixation devices
US675583620 Dec 200229 Jun 2004High Plains Technology Group, LlcBone screw fastener and apparatus for inserting and removing same
US676173925 Nov 200213 Jul 2004Musculoskeletal Transplant FoundationCortical and cancellous allograft spacer
US676703727 Sep 200127 Jul 2004Depuy Mitek, Inc.Sliding and locking surgical knot
US67700767 Jun 20013 Aug 2004Opus Medical, Inc.Method and apparatus for attaching connective tissues to bone using a knotless suture anchoring device
US67700843 Dec 20023 Aug 2004Opus Medical, Inc.Suture capture device
US67734509 Aug 200210 Aug 2004Quill Medical, Inc.Suture anchor and method
US678019023 Jan 200124 Aug 2004Depuy Orthopaedics, Inc.Method and apparatus for resecting a greater tubercle from a humerus of a patient during performance of a shoulder replacement procedure
US678019815 Feb 200224 Aug 2004Opus Medical, Inc.Bone anchor insertion device
US68028628 Sep 200012 Oct 2004Smith & Nephew, Inc.Method for soft tissue reconstruction
US680850223 Oct 200226 Oct 2004Jimmy Phong Xuan NguyenCombination finger and wrist splint
US68085269 Jul 199926 Oct 2004Sepitec FoundationOsteosynthesis screw, especially for application by a translaminar vertebral screw
US681474121 Dec 20009 Nov 2004Ethicon, Inc.Suture buttress
US683057216 Oct 200114 Dec 2004Depuy Mitex, Inc.Methods and apparatus for preventing migration of sutures through transosseous tunnels
US683300530 Jan 200221 Dec 2004John P. MantasLigament graft system and method
US684095322 Dec 200111 Jan 2005United States Surgical CorporationSuture screw
US686088529 Oct 20011 Mar 2005Bonutti Ip, LlcMethod of securing tissue
US686367120 Oct 20008 Mar 2005Storz Gmbh & Co. KgBiodegradable fixation element
US687204011 Apr 200329 Mar 2005Kamax-Werke Rudolf Kellermann Gmbh & Co. KgFastener including a screw and a supporting element
US68752166 Aug 20035 Apr 2005Arthrex, Inc.Tapered bioabsorbable interference screw for endosteal fixation of ligaments
US688424930 Oct 200126 Apr 2005Depuy Mitek, Inc.Surgical knot pusher and method of use
US688725929 Jul 20023 May 2005Depuy Mitek, Inc.Suture anchor system and method of use
US68903548 Mar 200210 May 2005Musculoskeletal Transplant FoundationBone-tendon-bone assembly with allograft bone block and method for inserting same
US689344823 Oct 200217 May 2005Arthrex, Inc.Endoscopic capsular suture plication instrument and method
US689668622 Mar 200224 May 2005Arthrex, Inc.Arthroscopic suture passing instrument
US68997229 Aug 200131 May 2005Bonutti Ip, LlcSuture anchor
US690257328 Feb 20027 Jun 2005Karl Storz Gmbh & Co. KgInstrumentarium for implanting a tendon replacement
US690846621 Jan 200321 Jun 2005Bonutti Ip, LlcSurgical devices having a biodegradable material with a therapeutic agent
US691629212 Jul 200212 Jul 2005Depuy Spine, Inc.Bone marrow aspirator
US691632128 Sep 200112 Jul 2005Ethicon, Inc.Self-tapping resorbable two-piece bone screw
US692140227 Dec 200126 Jul 2005Ethicon, Inc.Polymer-based orthopedic screw and driver system with increased insertion torque tolerance and associated method for making and using same
US6923823 *9 Nov 20002 Aug 2005Edwin C. BartlettApparatus and method for anchoring sutures
US692382412 Sep 20012 Aug 2005Axya Medical, Inc.Apparatus and method for securing suture to bone
US695156524 Apr 20024 Oct 2005Linvatec Biomaterials Ltd.Device for inserting surgical implants
US697202726 Jun 20026 Dec 2005Stryker EndoscopySoft tissue repair system
US698090311 Jun 200327 Dec 2005Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.Exhaust gas control using a spark plug ionization signal
US69867818 Nov 200117 Jan 2006Smith & Nephew, Inc.Tissue repair system
US698903431 May 200224 Jan 2006Ethicon, Inc.Attachment of absorbable tissue scaffolds to fixation devices
US70669423 Oct 200327 Jun 2006Wright Medical Technology, Inc.Bendable needle for delivering bone graft material and method of use
US706694411 Mar 200427 Jun 2006Laufer Michael DSurgical fastening system
US71050106 Jun 200112 Sep 2006Innovasive Devices, Inc.Surgical fastening system
US711222118 Aug 200326 Sep 2006Finsbury (Development) LimitedProsthesis
US711858323 Oct 200210 Oct 2006Arthrex, Inc.Meniscal suturing instrument and method
US71379966 May 200521 Nov 2006Musculoskeletal Transplant FoundationBone tendon bone assembly with allograft bone block
US71410666 May 200528 Nov 2006Musculoskeletal Transplant FoundationBone tendon bone assembly with cylindrical allograft bone block
US715330711 Jul 200326 Dec 2006Kyphon Inc.Systems and methods for placing materials into bone
US71533122 Nov 200026 Dec 2006Smith & Nephew Inc.Closure device and method for tissue repair
US720172225 Oct 200210 Apr 2007Allegiance CorporationBone biopsy instrument having improved sample retention
US7255675 *27 Oct 200414 Aug 2007Michael GertnerDevices and methods to treat a patient
US726171622 Dec 200028 Aug 2007Karl Storz Gmbh & Co. KgBiodegradable interference screw and tool for attaching a transplant to a bone
US726463422 Sep 20034 Sep 2007Arthrex, Inc.Method and instrumentation for osteochondral repair using preformed implants
US7285124 *31 Dec 200323 Oct 2007Arthrocare CorpSingle-tailed suturing method
US730641726 Sep 200611 Dec 2007Edward DorstewitzRope tie-down
US7390332 *24 Feb 200424 Jun 2008Depuy Mitek, Inc.Methods and devices for repairing tissue
US760116529 Sep 200613 Oct 2009Biomet Sports Medicine, LlcMethod and apparatus for forming a self-locking adjustable suture loop
US76080989 Nov 200427 Oct 2009Biomet Sports Medicine, LlcBone fixation device
US76150763 May 200510 Nov 2009Anulex Technologies, Inc.Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus
US7632287 *23 Sep 200415 Dec 2009Endogastric Solutions, Inc.Tissue fixation devices and assemblies for deploying the same
US765150916 Aug 200426 Jan 2010Smith & Nephew, Inc.Methods and devices for tissue repair
US765875129 Sep 20069 Feb 2010Biomet Sports Medicine, LlcMethod for implanting soft tissue
US7670279 *10 May 20052 Mar 2010Michael GertnerPercutaneous gastroplasty
US767812314 Jul 200416 Mar 2010Nmt Medical, Inc.Tubular patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure device with catch system
US76954939 Jun 200413 Apr 2010Usgi Medical, Inc.System for optimizing anchoring force
US773637911 Jul 200515 Jun 2010Usgi Medical, Inc.Compressible tissue anchor assemblies
US775859420 May 200520 Jul 2010Neotract, Inc.Devices, systems and methods for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia and other conditions
US7819895 *18 Apr 200626 Oct 2010Integrated Vascular Systems, Inc.Vascular sheath with bioabsorbable puncture site closure apparatus and methods of use
US2001001482523 Apr 200116 Aug 2001Mark E. SteinerLigament fixation device and method
US200100371313 Apr 20011 Nov 2001Arthrex, Inc.Corkscrew suture anchor
US200100371538 Mar 20011 Nov 2001Rockwood, Charles A.Apparatus and method for securing a cementless glenoid component to a glenoid surface of a scapula
US20010041916 *21 Feb 200115 Nov 2001Bonutti Peter M.Method of securing body tissue
US200100419371 Mar 199915 Nov 2001Peter F.McgeeBicortical tibial fixation of acl grafts
US2001004193811 Dec 200015 Nov 2001Dietmar HeinGraft suspension device
US2001004463915 Jun 200122 Nov 2001Levinson Melvin E.Suture with toggle and delivery system
US2001004720620 Feb 200129 Nov 2001Sklar Joseph H.Graft ligament anchor and method for attaching a graft ligament to a bone
US2001005181618 Jun 200113 Dec 2001Robert-Jan EnzerinkSuture locking device
US200100539348 Jun 200120 Dec 2001Arthrex, Inc.Method of ACL reconstruction using allograft bone cross pin implant
US2002000196428 Jun 20013 Jan 2002Hynix Semiconductor Inc.Method for fabricating a stencil mask
US2002000466929 Aug 200110 Jan 2002Bartlett Edwin C.Suture anchor and associated method of implantation
US2002000718221 Sep 200117 Jan 2002Kim Andrew C.Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction hamstring tendon fixation system
US200200105131 Jun 200124 Jan 2002Arthrex, Inc.Allograft bone or synthetic wedges for osteotomy
US2002001360822 Jun 200131 Jan 2002Arthrex, Inc.Graft fixation using a screw or plug against suture or tissue
US20020019649 *22 Jun 200114 Feb 2002Smith & Nephew, Inc., Delaware CorporationClosure device and method for tissue repair
US200200557809 Feb 19999 May 2002Joseph H. SklarGraft ligament anchor and method for attaching a graft ligament to a bone
US200200589662 Jul 199716 May 2002Pertti TormalaSurgical fastner for tissue treatment
US2002009941125 Mar 200225 Jul 2002Bartlett Edwin C.Apparatus and method for anchoring sutures
US2002011165312 Feb 200115 Aug 2002Opus Medical, Inc.Method and apparatus for attaching connective tissues to bone using a knotless suture anchoring device
US2002012027026 Feb 200229 Aug 2002Hai TrieuFlexible systems for spinal stabilization and fixation
US2002012029214 Dec 200129 Aug 2002Morgan Daniel E.Parabolic eyelet suture anchor
US2002012375224 Jan 20025 Sep 2002Aesculap Ag & Co. KgBone screw
US200201286847 Jun 200112 Sep 2002Opus Medical, Inc.Method and apparatus for attaching connective tissues to bone using a knotless suture anchoring device
US2002014746322 Dec 200110 Oct 2002Jonathan MartinekSuture screw
US2002016140130 Apr 200131 Oct 2002Steiner Anton J.Suture anchor
US2002016143928 Feb 200231 Oct 2002Michael StrobelInstrumentarium for implanting a tendon replacement
US2002016945214 May 200114 Nov 2002Pertti TormalaMinimally traumatic surgical device for tissue treatment
US200201694772 Apr 200214 Nov 2002Omeros Medical Systems, Inc.Soft tissue repair system
US200201694781 Jul 200214 Nov 2002Schwartz Herbert E.Suture locking device
US2002017378816 May 200121 Nov 2002Bojarski Raymond A.Endobutton continuous loop for bone-tendon-bone
US2002018829824 Jul 200212 Dec 2002Kwan-Ho ChanApparatus and method for ligament fixation
US2003002326829 Jul 200230 Jan 2003Lizardi Jose E.Suture anchor system and method of use
US2003003296115 Jul 200213 Feb 2003Pelo Mark JosephDevices from naturally occurring biologically derived materials
US2003003302115 Jul 200213 Feb 2003Plouhar Pamela LynnCartilage repair and regeneration scaffold and method
US2003003302215 Jul 200213 Feb 2003Plouhar Pamela LynnCartilage repair and regeneration device and method
US2003003679715 Jul 200220 Feb 2003Prasanna MalaviyaMeniscus regeneration device and method
US2003003680115 Jul 200220 Feb 2003Schwartz Herbert E.Cartilage repair apparatus and method
US2003006539116 Apr 20023 Apr 2003Scandius Biomedical, Inc.Apparatus and method for reconstructing a ligament
US2003007860329 Jul 200224 Apr 2003Coalescent Surgical, Inc.Tissue connector apparatus and methods
US2003007861715 Jul 200224 Apr 2003Schwartz Herbert E.Unitary surgical device and method
US2003008366231 Oct 20021 May 2003Middleton Lance M.Orthopaedic implant fixation using an in-situ formed anchor
US200300882512 May 20028 May 2003Braun John TDevices and methods for the correction and treatment of spinal deformities
US200300882728 Nov 20018 May 2003Graham SmithTissue repair system
US200301054773 Jan 20035 Jun 2003Schwartz Herbert E.Soft tissue repair material fixation apparatus and method
US2003012030927 Nov 200226 Jun 2003Dennis ColleranReattachment of tissue to base tissue
US2003013069423 Oct 200210 Jul 2003Ray BojarskiSoft tissue attachment and repair
US2003013521415 Jan 200217 Jul 2003Fetto Joseph F.System, device, composition and method for treating and preventing avascular or osteonecrosis
US2003013523916 Jan 200217 Jul 2003Stefan GabrielTissue anchor insertion tool
US2003013596318 Jan 200224 Jul 2003Holbrook Richard M.CD clip
US2003015252220 Feb 200314 Aug 2003Miller Mark E.Polyacid/polyalkylene oxide gels and methods for their delivery and use
US2003016707210 Mar 20034 Sep 2003Oberlander Michael A.Multi-anchor suture
US2003016709031 Dec 20024 Sep 2003Alan ChervitzMethod for reconstructing a ligament
US200301718118 Mar 200211 Sep 2003Steiner Anton J.Bone-tendon-bone assembly with allograft bone block and method for inserting same
US2003017686517 Mar 200318 Sep 2003Supinski Robert S.Rotating tendon anchor
US2003017691924 Feb 200318 Sep 2003Reinhold SchmiedingTransverse fixation technique for ACL reconstruction using bone-tendon-bone graft with loop at end
US2003018192525 Mar 200325 Sep 2003Opus Medical, Inc.Linear suturing apparatus and methods
US200301955282 Jun 200316 Oct 2003Opus Medical, Inc.Percutaneous suturing apparatus and method
US2003022066016 Jan 200327 Nov 2003Kortenbach Juergen A.Tissue fastening devices and processes that promote tissue adhesion
US2003022545931 May 20024 Dec 2003Hammer Joseph J.Attachment of absorbable tissue scaffolds to fixation devices
US2004000273426 Jun 20021 Jan 2004Stryker Endoscopy, Inc.Soft tissue repair system
US2004000634512 Feb 20038 Jan 2004Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.Cannulated bone screw
US2004000634614 Aug 20028 Jan 2004Anders HolmenImplant, arrangement comprising an implant, and method for inserting said implant in bone tissue
US2004001517118 Mar 200322 Jan 2004Smith & Nephew, Inc., A Delaware CorporationEndobutton continuous loop for bone-tendon-bone
US2004001517212 Nov 200122 Jan 2004Lutz BiedermannBone screw
US200400244564 Feb 20035 Feb 2004Brown Charles H.Sheaths for implantable fixation devices
US2004008798123 Jul 20036 May 2004Rod BerubeTissue fastener
US2004009293629 Oct 200213 May 2004Stryker EndoscopyGraft fixation device and method
US2004009805131 Jul 200320 May 2004Stryker EndoscopySuture anchor
US200401111171 Dec 200310 Jun 2004Smith & Nephew, Inc., A Delaware CorporationTissue repair system
US200401224316 Oct 200324 Jun 2004Lutz BiedermannBone screw and bone screw with holding element
US200401332113 Oct 20038 Jul 2004Raskin Keith B.Radially ported needle for delivering bone graft material and method of use
US2004013866422 Dec 200315 Jul 2004Bowman Steven M.Graft fixation device combination
US20040138683 *9 Jan 200315 Jul 2004Walter SheltonSuture arrow device and method of using
US200401387048 Sep 200315 Jul 2004Gambale Richard A.Tissue capturing devices
US200401387069 Jan 200315 Jul 2004Jeffrey AbramsKnotless suture anchor
US2004014334429 Dec 200322 Jul 2004Prasanna MalaviyaImplantable tissue repair device and method
US2004015310315 Jan 20045 Aug 2004Schwartz Herbert E.Soft tissue locking device
US200401531534 Nov 20035 Aug 2004Elson Robert J.Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction system and method of implementing same
US2004016257931 Dec 200319 Aug 2004Opus Medical, Inc.Single-tailed suturing method and apparatus
US2004016616915 Jul 200226 Aug 2004Prasanna MalaviyaPorous extracellular matrix scaffold and method
US2004018296819 Mar 200323 Sep 2004Gentry Donald ChristyTraction kite harness safety release
US2004022057415 Jul 20024 Nov 2004Pelo Mark JosephDevice from naturally occuring biologically derived materials
US200402252925 May 200311 Nov 2004Sasso Ricardo C.Bone anchor and methods of using the same
US2004023635328 May 200425 Nov 2004Opus Medical, Inc.Suture capture device
US2004024313927 Apr 20042 Dec 2004Lewis Derek S.Multiple screw delivery apparatus
US200402431782 Jun 20032 Dec 2004Linvatec CorporationPush-in suture anchor, insertion tool, and method for inserting a push-in suture anchor
US200402493941 Apr 20049 Dec 2004Arthrex, Inc.Compact suture punch with malleable needle
US2004026716426 Jun 200330 Dec 2004Rhodes James M.Surgical instrument
US2004026726529 Apr 200430 Dec 2004Kyle Richard F.Bone screw with fluid delivery structure
US2004026727030 Jun 200330 Dec 2004Jacobs Andrew M.Implant stabilizing instrument, kit and method
US2004026727630 Jun 200330 Dec 2004Camino Thomas S.Slide and kit for delivering implants
US2004026727730 Jun 200330 Dec 2004Zannis Anthony D.Implant delivery instrument
US2004026730419 Dec 200330 Dec 2004Zannis Anthony D.Instrument for delivery of implant
US2005002730715 Jul 20023 Feb 2005Schwartz Herbert EugeneUnitary surgical device and method
US2005003336316 Aug 200410 Feb 2005Ray BojarskiMethods and devices for tissue repair
US2005003842620 Apr 200417 Feb 2005Kwan-Ho ChanApparatus and method for ligament fixation
US200500550275 Aug 200410 Mar 2005Yeung Jeffrey EricExpandable fastener with compressive grips
US2005006404212 Oct 200424 Mar 2005Musculoskeletal Transplant FoundationCartilage implant plug with fibrin glue and method for implantation
US2005007449523 Nov 20047 Apr 2005Fziomed, Inc.Compositions of polyacids and methods for their use in reducing adhesions
US200500908284 Aug 200428 Apr 2005Alford J. W.Orthopedic hole filler
US200500966964 Nov 20035 May 2005Forsberg Andrew T.Arteriotomy closure device with anti-roll anchor
US200500966974 Nov 20035 May 2005Forsberg Andrew T.Vascular insertion sheath with stiffened tip
US2005010782814 Nov 200319 May 2005Reese Karl S.Suture loop anchor
US200501195315 Jan 20052 Jun 2005Minnesota Scientific, Inc.Method of performing shoulder surgery
US200501250738 Dec 20039 Jun 2005Orban Janine M.Implant device for cartilage regeneration in load bearing articulation regions
US2005013760023 Dec 200323 Jun 2005Jacobs Andrew M.Articular cartilage repair implant delivery device and method of use
US2005014903322 Oct 20047 Jul 2005Dr. David A. McguireBioabsorbable fasteners for preparing and securing ligament replacement grafts
US2005015981218 Jan 200521 Jul 2005Dinger Fred B.IiiBone-tendon-bone implant
US2005016541628 Jan 200428 Jul 2005Ray BojarskiSuture loading
US2005016548222 Dec 200428 Jul 2005Jorg GoldhahnBone fixation element
US20050187565 *20 Feb 200425 Aug 2005Baker Steve G.Tissue fixation devices and a transoral endoscopic gastroesophageal flap valve restoration device and assembly using same
US200502036206 May 200515 Sep 2005Musculoskeletal Transplant FoundationBone tendon bone assembly with allograft bone block
US200502226184 Apr 20056 Oct 2005Arthrex, Inc.Fully threaded suture anchor with transverse anchor pin
US200502226194 Apr 20056 Oct 2005Arthrex, Inc.Suture anchor with apertures at tip
US2005022844818 Mar 200413 Oct 2005Li Lehmann KSuture anchoring system and method
US200502674792 Aug 20051 Dec 2005Morgan Daniel EApparatus and method for securing suture to bone
US20050267533 *15 Jun 20051 Dec 2005Michael GertnerMethods and devices for the surgical creation of satiety and biofeedback pathways
US2005027796112 Aug 200515 Dec 2005Arthrotek, Inc.Method and apparatus for soft tissue fixation
US2005028304014 Jun 200522 Dec 2005Secant Medical, LlcIncontinence sling
US2005028315620 Jun 200522 Dec 2005Reinhold SchmiedingKnotless anchor for surgical repair
US2005028315822 Jun 200422 Dec 2005West Hugh S JrBone anchors for use in attaching soft tissue to a bone
US2005028319230 Dec 200422 Dec 2005Torrie Paul AClosure device and method for tissue repair
US20060030884 *5 Aug 20049 Feb 2006Yeung Jeffrey ESuture anchor and approximating device
US2006003094821 Sep 20059 Feb 2006Albert ManriqueOsteoimplant and method of making same
US2006003626511 Aug 200516 Feb 2006Zimmer Spine, Inc.Helical suturing device
US2006006412618 Oct 200523 Mar 2006Fallin T WSoft tissue repair system
US2006006933424 Sep 200430 Mar 2006Moskowitz Barry MCompact universal splint apparatus for focused immobilization such as of a single digit of the foot or hand, and method
US200600849436 Dec 200520 Apr 2006Biocardia, Inc.Implant delivery catheter system and methods for its use
US200601006275 Dec 200511 May 2006Arthrotek, Inc.Tissue fixation device
US200601210849 Dec 20048 Jun 2006Borden Mark DContinuous phase composite for musculoskeletal repair
US200601359586 Feb 200422 Jun 2006Roelof MarissenBone fixing device
US20060167481 *25 Jan 200527 Jul 2006Esophyx, Inc.Slitted tissue fixation devices and assemblies for deploying the same
US200601674823 Oct 200527 Jul 2006Swain Christopher PDevice for transfixing and joining tissue
US200601786807 Feb 200610 Aug 2006Regen Biologics, Inc.System and method for all-inside suture fixation for implant attachment and soft tissue repair
US2006018999320 Apr 200624 Aug 2006Arthrotek, Inc.Soft tissue conduit device
US200601900423 Feb 200624 Aug 2006Arthrotek, Inc.Tissue repair assembly
US200602296718 Apr 200512 Oct 2006Musculoskeletal Transplant FoundationSuture anchor and suture anchor installation tool
US2006024764221 Mar 20062 Nov 2006Stone Kevin TTissue fixation device
US20060253130 *3 May 20059 Nov 2006Esophyx, Inc.Tissue fixation assemblies having a plurality of fasteners ready for serial deployment
US2006027119230 Jun 200630 Nov 2006Olsen Raymond ESelf Fixing Assembled Bone-Tendon-Bone Graft
US2006028076813 Jun 200514 Dec 2006Julia HwangMeniscal repair device and method
US2006028208516 Aug 200614 Dec 2006Arthrotek, Inc.Soft tissue conduit device
US2006029370924 Jun 200528 Dec 2006Bojarski Raymond ATissue repair device
US20070005080 *29 Jun 20054 Jan 2007Esophyx, Inc.Bolt action fastener delivery assembly
US2007001630525 Sep 200618 Jan 2007Chudik Steven CHumeral implant for minimally invasive shoulder replacement surgery
US2007005525527 Aug 20058 Mar 2007Siegel Mark GBioabsorbable Endosteal Fixation Device and Method of Use
US2007006092213 Sep 200515 Mar 2007Arthrex, Inc.Fully-threaded bioabsorbable suture anchor
US2007006702525 Apr 200522 Mar 2007Bioduct LlcStent for a vascular meniscal repair and regeneration
US2007007330715 Nov 200629 Mar 2007Kyphon Inc.Methods for placing materials into bone
US2007007843516 Jun 20065 Apr 2007Corbett StoneTissue augmentation methods using a medical injection apparatus
US2007008323627 Sep 200612 Apr 2007Smith & Nephew, Inc.Methods and devices for tissue repair
US2007009384715 Nov 200626 Apr 2007Kyphon Inc.Methods for placing materials into bone
US20070142838 *19 Dec 200521 Jun 2007Christopher JordanSurgical suture staple and attachment device for securing a soft tissue to a bone
US200701855323 Feb 20069 Aug 2007Arthrotek, Inc.Soft tissue repair assembly and associated method
US2007023920930 Mar 200711 Oct 2007Radi Medical Systems AbTechnique for securing a suture
US200800274469 Oct 200731 Jan 2008Biomet Sports Medicine, Inc.Soft Tissue Repair and Conduit Device
US200800651146 Nov 200713 Mar 2008Biomet Sports Medicine, Inc.Method for Tissue Fixation
US2008008212729 Sep 20063 Apr 2008Arthrotek, Inc.Method for implanting soft tissue
US2008008212829 Sep 20063 Apr 2008Arthrotek, Inc.Method and apparatus for forming a self-locking adjustable suture loop
US20080132753 *3 Oct 20075 Jun 2008Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.Coaxial device for delivering an implant to a patient's pelvic region
US2008013293212 Feb 20085 Jun 2008Biomet Sports Medicine, Inc.Chondral Defect Repair
US2008014009215 Jan 200812 Jun 2008Stone Kevin TSoft tissue repair device and associated methods
US2008014009315 Jan 200812 Jun 2008Stone Kevin TSoft tissue repair device and associated methods
US2008016185212 Mar 20083 Jul 2008Biomet Sports Medicine, Inc.Method For Soft Tissue Attachment
US2008025561310 Apr 200716 Oct 2008Biomet Sports Medicine, Inc.Adjustable knotless loops
US2008026806425 Apr 200730 Oct 2008Biomet Biologics, Inc.Method for treating cartilage defects
US2008026967425 Apr 200730 Oct 2008Biomet Sports Medicine, Inc.Localized Cartilage Defect Therapy
US2008031268922 Aug 200818 Dec 2008Biomet Sports Medicine, LlcMethod and apparatus for coupling sof tissue to a bone
US2009005492822 Aug 200826 Feb 2009Biomet Sports Medicine, LlcMethod and apparatus for coupling anatomical features
US2009006285422 Aug 20085 Mar 2009Biomet Sports Medicine, LlcMethod and apparatus for coupling soft tissue to bone
US2009008280522 Aug 200826 Mar 2009Biomet Sports Medicine, LlcAdjustable knotless loops
US2009019246830 Jul 2009Biomet Sports Medicine, LlcSoft tissue conduit device and method
US2009030671110 Dec 2009Biomet Sports Medicine, LlcMethod for Tissue Fixation
US2009031277629 May 200917 Dec 2009Biomet Sports Medicine, LlcMethod and Apparatus for Coupling Soft Tissue to a Bone
US2009031896122 Jun 200924 Dec 2009Biomet Sports Medicine,LlcMethod and Apparatus for Coupling Soft Tissue to a Bone
US2010004211418 Feb 2010Biomet Sports Medicine, LlcApparatus for Performing Meniscus Repair
US201001453848 Feb 201010 Jun 2010Biomet Sport Medicine, LlcMethod for Implanting Soft Tissue
USD33162613 Jul 19908 Dec 1992American Cyanamid CompanyBone anchor
USRE2285720 Dec 194325 Mar 1947 Suturing instrument
USRE265011 May 196410 Dec 1968 Multi-channel rotary transformer
USRE2981922 Jul 197731 Oct 1978Dennison Manufacturing CompanyFastener attachment system needle constructions
USRE3487121 May 19927 Mar 1995Mcguire; David A.Process of endosteal fixation of a ligament
USRE369742 Mar 199828 Nov 2000Bonutti; Peter M.Suture anchor
USRE3796316 Aug 19997 Jan 2003Raymond ThalKnotless suture anchor assembly
AU440266B2 Title not available
AU639410B2 Title not available
AU651929B2 Title not available
AU3615171A Title not available
AU7110887A Title not available
CH283612A * Title not available
DE2529669A13 Jul 197518 Mar 1976Richards Mfg CoBandprothese, insbesondere kreuzbandprothese
DE2747312A121 Oct 197726 Apr 1979UllrichBone piece joining screw - has round-section thread with radiused lands to avoid hairline cracks in bone
DE2818254C326 Apr 19786 Nov 1980Norbert 6309 Cleeberg LinkTitle not available
DE2919009C29 May 197929 Oct 1981Olympus Optical Co., Ltd., Tokyo, JpTitle not available
DE3027138C217 Jul 198027 Jan 1983Institut Straumann Ag, Waldenburg, ChTitle not available
DE3136083A111 Sep 198124 Mar 1983Janome Sewing Machine Co LtdSurgical suturing device
DE3225620A18 Jul 19823 Feb 1983Zeppelin Dieter VonMicrosurgical instrument
DE4127550A120 Aug 199125 Feb 1993Telos Herstellung Und VertriebImplantable surgical connecting plate - is used for attaching strap to bone and has two parallel slots to hold strap to plate
DE4302397C228 Jan 199321 Aug 2003Pentax CorpKünstlicher Wirbelabstandshalter
DE19841252B49 Sep 199826 Jan 2006Aesculap Ag & Co. KgEinsetzinstrument für eine Knochenschraube
DE29621340U19 Dec 19969 Apr 1998Sfs Handels Holding AgSchraube zum Befestigen von Bauteilen an einem Unterbau aus Holz oder Holzwerkstoffen oder zum Einsatz im Zusammenwirken mit einem Kunststoffdübel
EP0108912B15 Oct 19832 Nov 1988American Cyanamid CompanyPoly(glycolic acid)/poly(alkylene glycol)block copolymers and method of manufacturing the same
EP0129442B119 Jun 198425 Nov 1987Ethicon Inc.Method and apparatus for applying a fastener to tissue with a pair of hollow needles
EP0172130B118 Jun 198519 Apr 1989Mecron Medizinische Produkte GmbhScrew for orthopaedic fixation
EP0241240A33 Apr 198713 Sep 1989Larry DehartSuture anchor apparatus
EP0241792B128 Mar 198720 May 1992Gebrüder Sulzer AktiengesellschaftSetting and driving tool for a bone nail
EP0260970B117 Sep 198712 Jul 1995IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGYImprovements in and relating to artificial ligaments
EP0270704B112 Dec 198626 Apr 1989Aesculap AgAnchoring element for fastening an osteosynthesis plate to a bone
EP0282789B126 Feb 19884 Jul 1990Hans L. Prof. GrafelmannSelf-tapping bone implant for dentistry
EP0315371B127 Oct 198830 Aug 1995Linvatec CorporationA suturing instrument for use in arthroscopic surgery
EP0317406B110 Nov 198829 Jan 1992Jacques-Philippe LaboureauArtificial pin for the intra-osseous fixation of a ligamentary prothesis and ligamentery supports, and an impactor with means for holding said pin
EP0340159B123 Mar 198920 Jan 1993Gebrüder Sulzer AktiengesellschaftDowel pin for cementless bone implants
EP0346183B130 May 198921 Apr 1993Societe Civile D'etude Et De Recherche De Nouvelles Protheses (Scernp)Sliding knee prothesis
EP0349173A119 Jun 19893 Jan 1990John PolyzoidesKnee prosthesis
EP0374088A14 Oct 198920 Jun 1990Gebrüder Sulzer AktiengesellschaftBone screw
EP0409364B15 Jul 199028 Sep 1994ARTOS Medizinische Produkte GmbHJunction element for osteosynthesis
EP0415915B120 Apr 19889 Oct 1996HAYHURST, John O.Apparatus for anchoring tissue
EP0440991A131 Dec 199014 Aug 1991Acufex Microsurgical Inc.Method and instruments for the reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament
EP0441065A328 Dec 199015 Apr 1992Iii Thomas H. MahonyInterference fixation screw with integral instrumentation
EP0451932A110 Apr 199116 Oct 1991Johnson & Johnson Professional Products GmbHBone screw
EP0464480B120 Jun 199129 Mar 1995American Cyanamid CompanyImproved slotted suture anchor
EP0497079B113 Dec 199115 May 1996SULZER Medizinaltechnik AGKnee joint prosthesis
EP0502509B14 Mar 199211 Sep 1996Liebscher KunststofftechnikBone dowel for fixing threads
EP0502698B13 Mar 199212 Nov 1997Linvatec CorporationBioabsorbable interference bone fixation screw
EP0546726B127 Nov 199225 Sep 1996Biomet LimitedProsthetic knee joint
EP0574707B114 May 199313 Aug 1997United States Surgical CorporationSuture anchoring device
EP0582514A12 Aug 19939 Feb 1994IMPLANTS ORTHOPEDIQUES TOUTES APPLICATIONS, S.A.R.L. dite:Knee prosthesis
EP0591991B18 Oct 199320 May 1998United States Surgical CorporationSuture loop locking device
EP0598219B114 Oct 199317 Dec 1997SMITH & NEPHEW, INC.Suture securing device
EP0627203A331 Jan 198915 Mar 1995Joint Medical Products CorpProsthetic joint.
EP0651979A11 Nov 199410 May 1995SMITH & NEPHEW DYONICS INCCam lock orthopaedic fixation screw
EP0669110B113 Feb 19953 May 2000SMITH & NEPHEW, INC.Interference screw having a double tapered root
EP0686373B19 Jun 19957 Mar 2001Bristol-Myers Squibb CompanySuture anchor
EP0702933B120 Apr 198825 Aug 2004HAYHURST, John O.Manipulating and anchoring tissue
EP0775473A126 Nov 199628 May 1997Ikufumi YamadaGraft bone fixation tool
EP0913123A121 Oct 19986 May 1999Arthrex IncMeniscal repair device
EP0913131A314 Oct 199814 Jun 2000John K. FrazierIntra-articular tendon sling fixation screw
EP0995409B117 Aug 199912 Mar 2008Howmedica GmbHA device for anchoring a crucial ligament transplant into the knee joint parts
EP1013229B122 Dec 199921 Jun 2006Ethicon Inc.Meniscal tears repair device
EP1093773B121 Oct 19994 Oct 2001Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KGBiodegradable fixation device
EP1093774B121 Oct 199919 Jun 2002Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KGInterference screw
EP1555945A222 Oct 200327 Jul 2005Smith & Nephew, Inc.Soft tissue attachment and repair
FR1392029A * Title not available
FR2166276A1 * Title not available
FR2622790B1 Title not available
FR2655840B1 Title not available
FR2682867A1 Title not available
FR2687911B1 Title not available
FR2688689A1 Title not available
FR2704140B3 Title not available
FR2717070B1 Title not available
FR2723528B1 Title not available
FR2744010B1 Title not available
FR2745999A1 Title not available
FR2770764B1 Title not available
GB401677A Title not available
GB533718A Title not available
GB1413477A Title not available
GB1485681A Title not available
GB2083751B Title not available
GB2118474B Title not available
GB2227175B Title not available
GB2253147B Title not available
GB2312376A Title not available
JP5269160B2 Title not available
JP5300917B2 Title not available
JP5362911B2 Title not available
JP5362912B2 Title not available
JP5374942B2 Title not available
JP5378230B2 Title not available
JP10211213A Title not available
JP62159647A Title not available
JP62295657A Title not available
WO2005104992A125 Apr 200510 Nov 2005Bioduct LlcStent for avascular meniscal repair and regeneration
Non-Patent Citations
Reference
1"Do your next distal tendon repair with . . . The Lubbers Technique", Teno Fix® brochure, 2003 (2 pages) Ortheon® Medical.
2"EZ Loc Femoral Fixation Device," copyright 2005 Arthrotek, Inc. (8 sheets).
3"Make your next tendon repair an open-and-shut case. The Teno Fix® Tendon Repair System", Teno Fix® brochure, 2003 (2 pages) Ortheon® Medical.
4"PANALOK Anchor with PDS II and ETHIBOND Suture", Mitek Products ETHICON, 1997.
5"SE Graft Tensioning System Surgical Technique," Linvatec Corporation copyright 2003, 2004.
6"Technique for ACL Reconstruction with Acufex Director Drill Guide and Endobutton CL," by Thomas D. Roseberg, copyright 1999 Smith & Nephew.
7A. Weiler, et al; Biodegradierbare Interferenzschrauben in der Kreuzbandchirurgie; OP-Journal 14 pp. 278-284; 1998.
8Arthrotek, A Biomet Company; Knees; Sure fire Hybrid Meniscal Device.
9Arthrotek, A Biomet Company; Sure fire Hybrid Meniscal Device; Launch Date: Fall AANA 2004.
10Bio-Intrafix (TCP/PLA & Intrafix, Tibial Soft Tissue Fasteners, by DePuy Mitek, 6 sheets, (date unknown).
11F. Alan Barber, M.D., "Uses and Abuses of Sutures and Anchors," Shoulder Scope, San Diego Shoulder Arthroscopy Library.
12F. Alan Barber, M.D., "Using Sutures and Anchors," San Diego Shoulder Arthroscopy Course, 17th Annual Meeting.
13Flavia Namie Azato, et al. "Traction endurance biomechanical study of metallic suture anchors at different insertion angles," Acta ortop. bras., vol. 11, No. 1, Sao Paulo, Jan./Mar. 2003.
14Hecker AT, et al., "Pull-out strength of suture anchors for rotator cuff and Bankart lesion repairs," Am J Sports Med. 1993.
15Lawhorn, M.D., Keith, MaxFire(TM) Meniscal Repair Device with Zip Loop(TM) Technology, Biomet Sports Medicine, Feb. 29, 2008.
16Lawhorn, M.D., Keith, MaxFire™ Meniscal Repair Device with Zip Loop™ Technology, Biomet Sports Medicine, Feb. 29, 2008.
17Mark D. Miller et al.; "Pitfalls Associated with FasT-Fix Meniscal Repair," Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, vol. 18, No. 8 (Oct.), 2002: pp. 939-943.
18Opus Medical; The AutoCuff System; www.opusmedical.com; 2003.
19Patrick Hunt, et al.; Development of a Perforated Biodegradable Interference Screw; Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, vol. 21, No. 3; pp. 258-265; Mar. 2005.
20Roy Alan Majors, M.D.; "Meniscal repairs: proven techniques and current trends," Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.; 2002.
21Shoulder Arthroscopy; pp. H-2-H-22.
22Smith & Nephew Endoscopy, "Endoscopic Meniscal Repair Using the T-Fix;" 1996.
23Smith & Nephew, "Fast-Fix," Meniscal Repair System; 2001.
24Stuart E. Fromm, M.D., RapidLoc, Meniscal Repair System, Mitek Products, Ethicon, 2001.
25ToggleLoc(TM) Femoral Fixation Device, Arthrotek, Mar. 31, 2006.
26ToggleLoc™ Femoral Fixation Device, Arthrotek, Mar. 31, 2006.
27US 6,238,418, 05/2001, Schwartz et al. (withdrawn)
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US8088150 *4 Feb 20093 Jan 2012Aleeva Medical Inc.Device for disc shunt implantation and peri-shunt injection
US8197511 *4 Mar 200912 Jun 2012Miller M ToddSuture anchor having a suture engaging structure and inserter arrangement
US8231674 *10 Jun 201031 Jul 2012Arthrex, Inc.Bone-tendon-bone suture button constructs and methods of tissue fixation
US843530531 Aug 20107 May 2013Zimmer, Inc.Osteochondral graft delivery device and uses thereof
US8439946 *21 May 201214 May 2013Stryker CorporationSuture anchor having a suture engaging structure and inserter arrangement
US851237723 Sep 201120 Aug 2013Lonnie E. PaulosSuture anchoring assemblies and methods of use
US863256824 Sep 200721 Jan 2014Stryker CorporationSuture anchor having a suture engaging structure and inserter arrangement
US8777965 *9 May 201115 Jul 2014Usgi Medical, Inc.Devices and methods for laparoscopic hernia repair
US879533428 Jan 20115 Aug 2014Smith & Nephew, Inc.Tissue repair
US880172510 Mar 200812 Aug 2014Zimmer Orthobiologics, Inc.Instruments and methods used when repairing a defect on a tissue surface
US8906038 *23 Feb 20119 Dec 2014Usgi Medical, Inc.Devices and methods for laparoscopic gastric tissue reconfiguration
US892661325 Mar 20116 Jan 2015Biomet Sports Medicine, LlcMethod and apparatus for forming a bone hole
US896836417 May 20113 Mar 2015Biomet Sports Medicine, LlcMethod and apparatus for fixation of an ACL graft
US898632718 Oct 201224 Mar 2015Smith & Nephew, Inc.Flexible anchor delivery system
US90786448 Mar 201014 Jul 2015Biomet Sports Medicine, LlcFracture fixation device
US907865113 Jun 201414 Jul 2015Smith & Nephew, Inc.Tissue repair
US90845979 Mar 201221 Jul 2015Smith & Nephew, Inc.Suture-based knotless repair
US20090234387 *4 Mar 200917 Sep 2009Stryker CorporationSuture anchor having a suture engaging structure and inserter arrangement
US20100324676 *10 Jun 201023 Dec 2010Ricardo AlbertorioBone-tendon-bone suture button constructs and methods of tissue fixation
US20110208209 *25 Aug 2011Usgi Medical, Inc.Devices and methods for laparoscopic gastric tissue reconfiguration
US20120232590 *21 May 201213 Sep 2012Miller M ToddSuture anchor having a suture engaging structure and inserter arrangement
US20120265218 *9 May 201118 Oct 2012Chen Eugene GDevices and methods for laparoscopic hernia repair
Classifications
U.S. Classification606/232
International ClassificationA61B17/04
Cooperative ClassificationA61B2019/306, A61B2017/0646, A61B2017/06052, A61B2017/0496, A61B2017/0475, A61B2017/0472, A61B2017/0406, A61B17/0493, A61B17/0485, A61B17/0469, A61B2017/0414, A61B2017/0404, A61B17/0401, A61B2017/0409, A61B17/0482
European ClassificationA61B17/04A, A61B17/04E, A61B17/04G
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
21 Feb 2008ASAssignment
Owner name: BIOMET SPORTS MEDICINE, INC., MICHIGAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:STONE, KEVIN T.;KAISER, RYAN A.;SAUTTER, NATHAN M.;AND OTHERS;REEL/FRAME:020542/0211
Effective date: 20080206
14 Aug 2008ASAssignment
Owner name: BIOMET SPORTS MEDICINE, LLC,INDIANA
Free format text: CHANGE OF NAME;ASSIGNOR:BIOMET SPORTS MEDICINE, INC.;REEL/FRAME:021387/0441
Effective date: 20080227
12 Nov 2009ASAssignment
19 Jul 2011CCCertificate of correction
2 Jun 2014FPAYFee payment
Year of fee payment: 4